Men from Ballston Spa and Johnstown arraigned on first degree murder charges via Skype | WNYT.com

Men from Ballston Spa and Johnstown arraigned on first degree murder charges via Skype

Mark Mulholland
Updated: April 08, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: April 08, 2020 05:23 PM

BALLSTON SPA - A peek inside a Saratoga County Family Courtroom Wednesday morning offers a glimpse of what the criminal justice system looks like during a pandemic.

Judge Jim Murphy's image was seen on the left of a TV monitor mounted on a wall and the face of defendant Georgios Kakavelos was seen on the right.

The arraignment was done by Skype.

Kakavelos is now charged with first degree murder in the October death of Allyzibeth Lamont.

Working from the office inside his home Murphy asked, "Guilty or not guilty?" Kakavelos, while sitting in front of a computer with a web cam at the Saratoga County Jail, said, "Not guilty, your honor."

Kakavelos owned a submarine sandwich shop in Johnstown that was managed by James Duffy, who was also arraigned via Skype on a first degree murder charge Wednesday.

"Not guilty," said Duffy.

The 22-year-old victim worked for them at the restaurant.

"There was an agreement to kill the victim in this case for money, for pecuniary gain," said Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. "The two defendants are both charged with murder in the first degree. They're acting in concert together."

They're accused of killing her with a baseball bat and dumping and concealing her body along the Northway in the Town of Malta.

The two men were initially charged with second degree murder, but investigators uncovered more evidence that Heggen says amounted to a murder-for-hire plot and the weightier charge.

"It's a tragic situation that the victim's family will forever be impacted by their selfish decisions."

Both men are being held without bail. Trials are expected to begin in August. 

Murder in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole.


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