Johnstown murder of Allyzibeth Lamont to be featured true crime show People Magazine Investigates


Georgios Kakavelos, left, and James Duffy in orange at right, in early court appearances.

JOHNSTOWN The 2019 murder of Allyzibeth Lamont in Gloversville is to be featured Monday evening in an episode of Investigation Discovery’s People Magazine Investigates.

The episode titled “Gone in the Night” is to air at 9 p.m. Monday on Investigation Discovery and stream on discovery+.

Lamont, 22, was murdered Oct. 28, 2019, at the Local No. 9 deli, her body buried of an entrance ramp to the Northway in Malta.

Two men are now in prison for her murder. Deli owner Georgios Kakavelos, 53, of Milton, was sentenced in November to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted in June 2021 of first-degree murder and conspiracy.

The other man, James A. Duffy, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was later sentenced to 18 years to life. His plea came in exchange for serving as the star witness at Kakavelos’ trial.

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People Magazine Investigates released a clip from the show and description Friday. The preview included interviews with investigators, including Gloversville Police’s Detective Jillian Faville and Detective Sgt. Lucas Nellis.

In the clip, Faville and Nellis describe the early missing persons investigation, what led them to the deli and the suspicious reception they received once they got there.

“Ultimately,” the preview concludes, “they would learn the disturbing truth of what happened to Lamont.”

Lamont’s body was discovered after Duffy confessed during a police interrogation. He led police to the body and the locations where other evidence had been hidden. Duffy testified that Kakavelos paid him between $1,100 and $1,300 in cash for killing Lamont. 

Kakavelos faced the first-degree murder charge – the one that allowed for the life without parole sentence – for hiring Duffy to carry out the killing. Duffy testified that Kakavelos paid him to kill Lamont, for having contacted the state Department of Labor with complaints about her under-the-table pay. Duffy testified that he killed Lamont, but Kakavelos also participated in the killing and subsequent efforts to clean up the scene, bury the body, and dispose of evidence.

The Kakavelos jury deliberated for about seven hours over two days before convicting.


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By Steven Cook

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