Sub Shop Owner Killed Woman Over Back Pay, Prosecutors Say: 'He Had to Take Her Out'

A former Johnstown, New York, sandwich shop owner has been accused of co-conspiring to have an employee killed in 2019 over back payments that he owed her, according to prosecutors.

Jury selection in the murder trial of 52-year-old Georgios Kakavelos began Monday in Saratoga County Court for the 2019 death of 22-year-old Allizybeth A. LaMont.

Kakavelos has been charged with multiple counts of murder, conspiracy, concealment of a human corpse, and evidence tampering, after LaMont's body was found buried in a shallow grave in October 2019. The 22-year-old had vanished three days earlier while working at Kakavelos' sandwich shop, Local Substation No. 9, in Johnstown.

On the same day that LaMont's body was discovered, Kakavelos and the manager of the sandwich shop, James A. Duffy, were arrested in connection to her death, Fox 23 reported.

Shortly after both men were arrested in 2019, Duffy told investigators that Kakavelos paid him to kill LaMont because she was "causing problems" due to back payments that he owed her, The Daily Gazette reported.

"George told me that he owed Ally money and that she was causing problems with the labor board so he had to take her out," Duffy said in a statement to investigators, according to the The Daily Gazette. It is not clear how much money Kakavelos owed LaMont.

Duffy then told investigators that the men spent three days planning the killing. Kakavelos allegedly paid Duffy $1,600 for the job, which entailed beating LaMont to death with a baseball bat and hammer, and then choking her on October 28, 2019.

According to Duffy, Kakavelos was present during the killing, and afterward, helped to shove LaMont's body in a garbage bag before driving around looking "for a place to get rid of her."

Around midnight that night, they ended up in Malta, New York, about 35 miles from the sandwich shop, where they discarded LaMont's body.

According to a police indictment, on the night LaMont was killed, Kakavelos purchased lawn fertilizer, work gloves, pants, a sweatshirt, duct tape, plastic sheeting, towels and bleach, Fox 23 reported.

Duffy told investigators that the two men went back to the site where they discarded LaMont's body the next day to bury her with fertilizer in an attempt to speed up the decomposition of her remains. The men used the cleaning supplies to scrub away evidence of the beating from both the car and sandwich shop.

Allyzibeth Ann LaMont
Georgios Kakavelos and James A. Duffy have been charged with killing Allyzibeth Ann LaMont in 2019, in Johnstown, New York. Kakavelos allegedly killed LaMont because he owed her back pay. Here, LaMont is pictured in a photo obtained from the Gloversville Police Department. Gloversville Police Department.

In April 2020, Kakavelos was indicted on charges of first-and second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and six counts of tampering with physical evidence, People reported. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Duffy was indicted on charges of first and second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and four counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Last month, Duffy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a sentence of 18 years to life, The Daily Gazette reported. He is now expected to testify against Kakavelos in court.

In an email on May 7 to People magazine, Kakavelos' attorney, Kevin K. O'Brien, maintained Kakavelos' innocence.

"Mr. Kakavelos has been steadfast in his position that he is innocent of this horrific crime. We mourn the death of Ms Lamont as she was someone Mr. Kakavelos cared about as an employee who worked closely with him."

O'Brien added that Duffy, "has crafted a story like a petulant child looking to escape his sole responsibility in this case. Duffy's contempt for Mr Kakavelos is obvious in everything he said and did said after he Murdered Ms. Lamont. Mr. Kakavelos is everything Mr. Duffy is not."

Kakavelos will be tried before Saratoga County Judge James A. Murphy III. The office of Saratoga District Attorney Karen Heggen is prosecuting the case. Heggen told Newsweek on Tuesday that jury duty selection for the trial could last until Wednesday.

Georgios Kakavelos, 52, and James A. Duffy, 35, are accused of beating 22-year-old Allyzibeth LaMont to death with a baseball bat and hammer the night of Oct. 28, 2019, inside Kakavelos’ Johnstown sandwich shop. https://t.co/ZWyPj2Iwnm

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Newsweek asked Heggen for an additional statement on the case, but she declined to comment as the trial is ongoing.