Cross-examiners in murder trial of Fulton Co. woman say star witness can’t be trusted

The Fulton County man who admitted beating his co-worker to death with a baseball bat and a hammer admitted in court Monday he often blacks out from drugs and alcohol and doesn’t remember things.

The attorney for Georgios Kakavelos pointed out how James Duffy’s testimony was different than what he told investigators shortly after the murder of Allyzibeth Lamont.

Monday was the third day Duffy was on the witness stand in the murder trial of Georgios Kakavelos. However, this time it was

Kakavelos’s attorney asking the questions.

Kakavelos is being tried for first-degree murder, alleging he paid Duffy to help him kill Allyzibeth Lamont because she was threatening to report him for failing to pay overtime and on the books.

Kakavelos’ Attorney Kevin O’Brien tried to point out that Duffy can’t be trusted to tell the truth, reading from Duffy’s first interview with investigators, "I wish I knew nights better, man. I can’t remember nothing."

However, during his direct testimony, Duffy coldly recounted in vivid detail the murder of Lamont inside the Johnstown sub shop owned by Kakavelos and his wife.

He also recalled of the details of burying her body off Exit 13 of the Northway.

When the prosecutor redirected Duffy’s testimony, Duffy told the jury that he claimed he told police he couldn’t remember because "I wasn’t trying to tell them that I actually killed her. I wanted to get away with it."

Kakavelos’s attorney underscored for the jury that Duffy’s memory improved after he was offered a deal to plead to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and get 18 years to life in exchange for testifying against Kakavelos.

Learn when the prosecution could rest its case by watching the video of Mark Mulholland’s story.