SV grad wanted in homicide case
Eagle Staff Writer
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October 11, 2017
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Matthew Darby

PITTSBURGH — A Seneca Valley High School graduate is wanted on homicide charges in connection with the death of his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend.

Matthew I. Darby, 21, of Greensburg is wanted in the death of Alina Sheykhet, 20, a University of Pittsburgh student who was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday.

The cause of her death was ruled to be blunt force trauma.

In a news release, Pittsburgh Police asked for the public’s assistance in locating Darby. He was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide, felony burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, theft and possessing instruments of crime, according to online court records.

Darby was already facing felony criminal trespass charges after a Sept. 20 incident in which he allegedly broke into Sheykhet’s apartment. The two met and dated when they were both students at University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus.

Sheykhet filed a protection from abuse order against Darby after the break-in, police said.

He also is facing felony rape and sexual assault charges filed in February in Indiana, Indiana County, in an unrelated case.

Darby played basketball for Seneca Valley and graduated from the high school in 2014. He went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he also played basketball before being dismissed from the team this spring. He formerly lived in Cranberry Township.

His attorney, David Shrager, held a news conference Monday at which he said that he and Darby’s family do not know where he is.

Shrager read a statement prepared by his family, asking him to come forward.

“We are pleading with you to contact your attorney,” he said.

Anyone who can help the police locate Darby is asked to call the violent crime unit at 412-323-7800.