Kakavelos says he walked in on bloodbath by 'monster' Duffy

Kakavelos says he walked in on bloodbath by 'monster' Duffy

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BALLSTON SPA – A quivering Georgios Kakavelos told jurors Tuesday he opened a door of his deli to see Jimmy Duffy hovering over a beaten and bloodied naked body that he later learned was 22-year-old employee Allyzibeth Lamont.

Kakavelos, 52, of Ballston Spa, cried incessantly at his first-degree murder trial as he recalled the "bloodbath" he said was the work of Duffy, his employee at the Local No. 9 sandwich shop in Johnstown, on Oct. 28. 2019. He said he dropped to the ground and soon vomited. 

"I said, 'You monster! What are you doing?'" Kakavelos testified in Saratoga County Court, his voice shaking in the accent of his native Greece. He moved to America in the early 1990s.

Kakavelos said the two men had driven to the shop on the night Lamont died. He said Duffy went into the store first, and he later followed -- unaware of what he would see.

"(Duffy) called out to me, 'You motherf------! Why did you come back in already?'" Kakavelos said under questioning by his attorney, Kevin O'Brien. "I said, 'Who are you? ... why are you talking like this? What happened?"

Kakavelos said Duffy told him to obey him, threatening: "I will f---g kill you like I did to her."

Kakavelos said Duffy locked him in a bathroom, then demanded to know where Kakavelos kept a knife. Duffy planned to cut up the body, Kakavelos said, adding he did not  realize the dead person was Lamont until he later saw her pants.

"I called him an animal. I called him a monster!" Kakavelos testified. "He didn't respond to anything.  The only thing he kept saying was 'You motherf----! You're going to be next!"

Kakavelos said Duffy demanded he help him dispose of the body or die. He said Duffy threatened to cut him up and dispose of him off a highway.  Kakavelos said he told Duffy he would never help him, but changed his mind after he saw Duffy had written Kakavelos' address on his hand. He said he feared for his wife and three children.

Kakavelos said Duffy gave him a list of items to buy at Walmart to wrap up the body -- and told Kakavelos if was not back in 15 minutes he would "kill another one." He said he was too afraid to go to police. The testimony follows surveillance tape at the store that showed him at Walmart.

"All I know is I had to do what I had to do. That's the only thing I was thinking," he said.

Kakavelos said contrary to the testimony of Duffy – an admitted participant in the deadly bludgeoning of Lamont -- he was "never" part of any plan to kill Lamont.

“Absolutely not,” Kakavelos testified.  “Not in my worst nightmare.”

Prosecutors allege Duffy struck Lamont  in the head with a baseball bat and that Kakavelos put a bag over Lamont's head, choked her and finished her off using a sledgehammer. They allege the two men dumped Lamont’s body in a wooded area off Exit 13 of the Northway in Malta, then returned the next night to bury the remains in a hole.

On Tuesday, Kakavelos said he only helped Duffy because Duffy had a knife on him the whole time. Kakavelos said Duffy told him that if he told anyone about what happened he would kill him and his family.

"If you do as you're told, you're going to be OK," Kakavelos said  Duffy told him. He said he was worried Duffy would kill him later that night before he got in his car and drove home. 

"I just wanted to go home. I just wanted to see my children. I wanted to see my wife," Kakavelos testified.  "I wanted to smell my home. That's all I wanted to do."

Prosecutors say Kakavelos wanted Lamont dead because she was filing a state labor complaint against him.

Duffy has said Kakavelos wanted to kill Lamont because she was leading a revolt of young female employees against Kakavelos over money and hours. Duffy said Lamont, known as “Ally,” planned to go over Kakavelos' head to raise the issues with his wife, who was the primary owner of the deli. 

On Tuesday, Kakavelos poked a hole in the first motive; he said he has faced state labor complaints on three earlier occasions and settled the matters paying fines.

Kakavelos said Lamont, whom he referred to as “Miss Allison,” was his “right-hand” person at the deli and invaluable.

“She impressed me from the first moment I met her,” Kakavelos testified.  “She was great … she was an important part of the business.”

According to Kakavelos, Duffy was a functional alcoholic whose bullying behavior and claims to be a manager had bothered several women at the deli. 

“He said, ‘George, you know I want one day to become a boss and that’s all I’m looking to do,’” Kakavelos recalled. “I said, ‘Jimmy you have a dark side. You need to make sure to let that go and find a way to deal (with) it.”

Kakavelos said he tried to get Duffy to enter rehab.

The trial, in its fifth week before Judge James A. Murphy III, will continue Thursday after an off day Wednesday. Kakavelos will resume his testimony.