Man Charged In Pitt Student’s Murder Back In Pittsburgh, Placed In County Jail

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The man charged in the death of his ex-girlfriend was extradited back to Pittsburgh on Friday and has been placed in the Allegheny County Jail.

Matthew Darby, 21, is charged with homicide in the death of Pitt student, Alina Sheykhet.

Attorney David Shrager is anxious to speak with his client.

“What is important is that I get to go see him and begin to hear his side of the story, and formulate the appropriate defense based on that,” Shrager said.

Sheykhet was found dead in her off-campus apartment in early October. She had taken out a Protection from Abuse Order against him before her murder.

Police later charged Darby with criminal homicide after they say he was seen on video surveillance discarding the suspected murder weapons in a sewer grate blocks from Sheykhet’s home.

Darby was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for loitering several days after the murder.

According to Myrtle Beach police, a concerned citizen reported seeing a male tampering with a window at a residence. When officers arrived, they found a man matching the description. Through the course of their investigation, it was determined that the male suspect was Darby.

“I’ve been able to speak with him on the phone, and obviously he sounded very depressed and despondent, and didn’t sound like the young man I had spoken to in the past,” Shrager said.

Darby has already pleaded guilty to the charges in South Carolina.

Darby is also facing two charges of rape — one of an Indiana County woman back in February and a more recent case of a 17-year-old in Elizabeth Township a few days before Sheykhet was murdered.

Now that he’s back in jail, Darby could be making his first court appearance as early as next week when he goes before Judge Jeffrey Manning in a bond hearing.

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