Murder trial to start for Kakavelos

BALLSTON SPA — The murder trial of Georgios Kakavelos for the 2019 death of Gloversville resident Allizybeth A. Lamont starts today in Saratoga County Court.

Kakavelos, owner of the former Local No. 9 Deli in Johnstown, is being tried before Saratoga County Judge James A. Murphy III.

His co-defendant — James A. Duffy, 34, of Johnstown — pleaded guilty April 30 to second-degree murder in Saratoga County Court. He will be sentenced July 15.

Duffy confessed to his part in the killing of Lamont, a co-worker, at Local No. 9 Deli. 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 authorities said Duffy and Kakavelo left the body.

Kakavelos is thought to have hired Duffy to kill Lamont, police said.

The office of Saratoga District Attorney Karen Heggen is prosecuting the case.

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.

By Patricia Older