Duffy pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder


BALLSTON SPA — One of two men accused in the death of 22-year-old Allyzibeth A. Lamont, of Gloversville, in 2019, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Saratoga County Court according to prosecutors Friday. 

James A. Duffy, 34, of Johnstown, confessed to his part in the killing of Lamont, a co-worker, at Local No. 9 Deli in Johnstown. Lamont, who went missing in October 2019, was found after three days in a shallow grave in a marshy area in Malta covered in construction debris and fertilizer where Duffy and Georgios Kakavelos, owner of the deli, left the body. 

Kakavelos is thought to have hired Duffy to kill Lamont. 

Upcoming court dates include a May 10 trial date for Kakavelos and a sentencing for Duffy’s guilty plea July 15 according to Saratoga District Attorney Karen Heggen. 

Duffy made his plea before Saratoga County Judge James A. Murphy III. 

Lamont disappeared after her shift at the deli Oct. 28, 2019 with her body being found by law enforcement near Northway Exit 13S on Oct. 31. At the time, New York State Police reported Lamont succumbed to blows to the head. 

Over a year ago, an assistant district attorney reported Duffy, who was the manager at the deli, and co-defendant Kakavelos, at first dumped Lamont’s body in tall grass and came back the following day to bury Lamont after dark. A prosecutor said the fertilizer was added to try to make the body decompose more readily. 

A candlelight vigil in remembrance of LaMont was held Nov. 11, 2019 at Myer’s Park in Gloversville. 

Fulton County D.A. Chad Brown declined to comment on the ongoing case.

Further details and photos: https://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2020/01/kakavelos-denied-bail-in-lamont-case/ 

By Patricia Older