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

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.


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."