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Pitt student murdered: Timeline of suspect Matthew Darby's past

PITTSBURGH — The suspect accused in the murder of Pitt student Alina Sheykhet is behind bars.

Police arrested Matthew Darby in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina early Wednesday morning.


As the case and investigation move forward, we are learning more about Darby’s past and what led up to his arrest.

Feb. 19, 2017

Matthew Darby is accused of assaulting and raping a woman in Indiana County.

Mar. 22, 2017

Police file several charges against Darby for the alleged February incident in Indiana County, including rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault

June 7, 2017

Darby has a preliminary hearing on rape charges in Indiana County.  Most charges are held for court, three others are dismissed.

Sept. 20, 2017

Darby is accused of breaking into Alina Sheykhet’s home on Cable Place in Oakland.  Darby is accused of climbing up the gutter on the side of the home and breaking through a second-floor window.

Sept. 21, 2017 

Alina Sheykhet files a protection from abuse order against Darby.

Sept. 26, 2017

Darby is arrested by Pittsburgh police and charged with criminal trespass for the Sept. 20 incident.

Oct. 5, 2017

According to court documents, the PFA is served on Darby by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department.

Oct. 6, 2017

Darby has a status hearing on rape charges in Indiana County.

Oct.  8, 2017

Investigators say Darby placed five phone calls to Alina Sheykhet’s cellphone.  None of those calls were answered.

Alina Sheykhet is found murdered inside her Cable Place home.

A judge revokes Darby’s bail for the Sept. 20 incident.

Oct.  9, 2017

Darby is charged with violating the protection from abuse order.

Oct.  10, 2017

Darby’s attorney holds a news conference pleading for him to turn himself in to authorities.

Tuesday night, police file homicide charges against Darby for the death of Alina Sheykhet.

Oct. 11, 2017

A concerned citizen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, notices a suspicious person trying to break into a window of a home.

Police say they arrived on the scene and allegedly found Darby.  He is arrested and charged with providing false information to police.

9 a.m. – Darby appears in court for a bond hearing.

Darby will be extradited back to Pittsburgh to face homicide charges.  His attorney said no timetable has been set for his return.

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