Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 25, 2017 12:28:42 GMT -5
Pittsburgh Student Murdered by Ex-Boyfriend
The ex-boyfriend accused of murdering a University of Pittsburgh student with a claw hammer and knives pled guilty Tuesday (Oct. 24) to charges in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he was arrested on the Pennsylvania homicide warrant. Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Darby (above right) entered a guilty plea to loitering and false information charges, clearing the way for his extradition to Pittsburgh to face charges in the Oct. 8 killing of 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet (left).
Darby was arrested earlier this month when “a concerned citizen reported that a male was tampering with a residence,” the Myrtle Beach Police Department said in a statement. He was sentenced Tuesday to time served on the South Carolina charges. Pittsburgh police believe Darby killed the young woman, who was his ex-girlfriend, using a claw hammer and two knives before fleeing to South Carolina.
Sheykhet was studying to be a physical therapist and had recently been granted a protection from abuse order against Darby over an incident that occurred weeks prior to her murder. Darby was arrested Sept. 26 and charged with felony criminal trespass for allegedly breaking into Sheykhet’s apartment. In her order for protection application, Sheykhet claimed Darby climbed the gutter of her home and broke in through a second-floor window. “He did this because I left him and stopped answering his phone calls,” she wrote, describing him as abusive, controlling and jealous.
Court records obtained by the Associated Press reveal that in March 2017, Darby was charged with rape and sexual assault in another county and was released after posting a $10,000 bail.
Darby’s attorney, David Shrager, has called the homicide charge “serious,” but did not comment on its particulars.