• DA to seek death penalty against man accused of killing ex-girlfriend

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    PITTSBURGH - The Allegheny County district attorney plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.

    Matthew Darby is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, theft by unlawful taking and avoiding apprehension charges in connection with the death of Alina Sheykhet.


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    The University of Pittsburgh student was killed inside her Oakland home on Oct. 8.

    Darby was served with a PFA that Sheykhet took out against him just two days before her murder.

    The former Pitt-Greensburg basketball player was on the run for several days until his capture in Myrtle Beach S.C.

    Sheyhet's parents released a statement on the DA's decision:

    "The Sheykhet family was asked for their input relative to DA Zappala’s decision to seek the death penalty against Matthew Darby and they are in support of his decision."


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