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Darby arrested in South Carolina

October 11, 2017 News Extra

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A former Butler County man accused in the slaying of his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend is behind bars in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach police early this morning arrested Matthew I. Darby, 21, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County on homicide charges.

Darby, who is being held without bail in the Myrtle Beach Jail, is suspected of killing Alina Sheykhet, 20, a University of Pittsburgh student.

He was booked in at 12:36 a.m. and is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant.

The defendant formerly lived in Cranberry Township and played basketball at Seneca Valley High School.

Authorities said Sheykhet was found dead Sunday in her off-campus apartment in Pittsburgh's Oakland section.

Pittsburgh police said they found a claw hammer and two knives in a sewer drain near her apartment that may have been used to kill her. An autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

A physical therapist student at Pitt, Sheykhet last month had filed a protection from abuse order against the defendant.

In addition to homicide, Darby is charged with burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, theft and possessing instruments of crime.

Myrtle Beach police also charged him with misdemeanor counts of loitering and resisting arrest when he was taken into custody. The resisting arrest charge is because he would not give his name to police, South Carolina authorities said.

A bail hearing was set for 9 a.m. today during which Darby can plead guilty or not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, and bond could be set on his fugitive from justice charge.

He is being held in the jail's observation cell, authorities said, as a precaution for his safety and that of the jail staff.

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