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Trial set for suspect in murder of Pitt student Alina Sheykhet

The suspect in the brutal killing of a Pitt student last year attended a status conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Jennifer Tomazic was at the courthouse to ask Darby questions -- watch 11 News starting at 5 p.m. for his answers.

Deputies walked Matthew Darby through the courthouse, giving Channel 11 the first up-close look at the man authorities say stabbed and beat 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet to death in her Oakland apartment in October. He did not answer questions from Channel 11.

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Darby, Sheykhet’s ex-boyfriend, fled to South Carolina before being captured by police there.

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The hearing confirmed Darby has an attorney and a trial date of July 30. District Attorney Stephen Zappala is seeking the death penalty for Darby.


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