A jury on Thursday convicted an Upstate New York restaurant operator in 11 individual fees, such as first-degree murder, for his role in the killing of a 22-year-year-old employee. That is according to reports from the Albany, N.Y. Times Union and from other regional newspapers and tv stations.
Prosecutors persuaded the jury that Georgios Kakavelos, 52, paid a second employee, James Duffy, 35, between $1,100 and $1,300 to kill Allyzibeth Lamont and to then dump her dead body in a shallow grave off the Northway, an interstate highway in a neighboring county.
Kakavelos worked the Local No. 9 sub store on Townsend Avenue in Johnstown, N.Y., in Fulton County about one hour northwest of Albany. His wife was the business’s official owner. He previously owned two other diners, for example one in Saratoga County, in which Lamont’s body was eventually found.
Duffy, who had been Lamont’s friend, informed the jury”that he had an aluminum baseball bat to strike Lamont” four times in the head, ” the Times Union reported. He said”Kakavelos put a bag over Lamont’s head, choked her and finished her off by hitting her with a little sledgehammer,” the newspaper’s account of the testimony continued.
According to these reports, Duffy testified that”Kakavelos said words in a foreign language to the dead body and advised him Lamont was dead.”
Kakavelos emigrated to the USA from Greece if he was in his twenties.
Co-defendant James Duffy is observed wearing boy orange.
Kakavelos advised the jury another story. Taking the stand in his own defensehe”claimed he had been an innocent bystander” who walked in”only after Duffy killed” the victim, WNYT reported. Kakavelos stated Duffy threatened to kill him if he reported he claimed to have seen. He also testified that Duffy ordered him to go to a local Walmart to purchase cleaning equipment and threatened to kill more people if Kakavelos denied.
Security footage from this Walmart showed Kakavelos strolling the aisles prior to purchasing a car magazine along with a candy bar and departing.
Prosecutors noted that Kakavelos never called the authorities — although he had his cell phone.
Kalavelos also stated he was standing close to the sub shop’s cash register when Duffy loaded Lamont’s body into a car. Surveillance footage in a nearby firm showed images prosecutors said were equally Kakavelos and Duffy loading Lamont’s body to Kalavelos’s black Volkswagen.
The jury did not purchase the suspect’s story. Another juror who did not willful told WNYT-TV the Duffy’s testimony was only more plausible compared to Kakavelos.
Duffy pleaded guilty to second-degree faces and murder 18 years . The Schenectady, N.Y. Daily Gazette noted the Duffy disposed of bags along with the baseball bat on a street roughly midway between the sub shop and the burial site after he found the authorities wanted to talk to him.
Kalavelos faces life with no parole.
Prosecutors alleged that the reason for the killing had been monetary. Lamont filed a complaint against Kakavelos for committing employees under the table, ” the Times Union reported, citing trial testimony. Lamont also intended to complain to the defendant’s wife and on social networking. Kakavelos allegedly failed to keep appropriate business records and owed the government a great deal of cash: $70,000 to the federal Internal Revenue Service and $122,000 to the State of New York. He had filed for bankruptcy, the Gazette said.
“Kakavelos could ill afford an investigation into his finances,” the newspaper said in a overview of the prosecutor’s arguments,”so he killed Lamont to permanently silence her.”
“We teach our kids to speak up when something isn’t right,” First Assistant District Attorney Alan Poremba said of Lamont. “That is precisely what she did. She spoke up if things weren’t perfect. She just occurred to talk up to the incorrect person — which incorrect person was Georgios Kakavelos, who had been willing to commit this heinous, barbaric crime.”
Duffy advised the jury that Kakavelos considered Lamont a”traitor” who turned into a”ringleader” of young female employees who had been in relation to his business practices.
Almost 70 witnesses testified, and prosecutors presented over 650 parts of proof, ” the Times Union and the Gazette both stated.
Some of those witnesses were employees of the sub shop that the defendant managed and for the victim worked. They stated Kakavelos and Lamont”could become heated arguments,” the newspaper reported.
Kakavelos referred to the victim as”Allison” when authorities questioned him regarding her disappearance. He stated she had been just like a daughter to him did not know her name.
Kalavelos is going to probably be sentenced Aug. 19.
[picture of Lamont via the Gloversville, N.Y. Police Department/Facebook; picture of Kakavelos via the Saratoga County, N.Y. Sheriff’s Office; picture of Duffy via WNYT-TV screengrab]
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