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Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

Police believe that Darby used a claw type hammer and two stainless steel knives to kill Sheykhet. (Courtesy of Pittsburgh Police)

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 17, 2018

The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

A man was found dead on Ward Street in South Oakland Monday afternoon. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 27, 2018

City police arrested two men for the death of the man found on the 3200 block of Ward Street Monday afternoon. The men in custody are 21-year-old Velmon Dowling and 22-year-old Shayne Andrew Craighead. Both are from Pittsburgh and have been charged with criminal homicide. Police have identified ...

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

The Allegheny County District Attorney will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby. (Photo via Pittsburgh Police)

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in Oakland Oct. 8, 2017. Darby — her ex-boyfriend — has been charged with homicide, flight, burglary, theft, ...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police charge ex-boyfriend

A memorial sits outside the Cable Place residence where Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead Sunday in an apparent homicide. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017

A homicide investigation is underway after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday morning. Pittsburgh police have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Matthew Darby — Sheykhet’s ex-boyfriend whom she filed a protection-from-abuse order against in September. His...

Pitt student’s death being investigated as a homicide

Police stand outside a house on Cable Street in Oakland outlined with crime tape. Police are investigating the death of a Pitt student as a homicide. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2017

Pittsburgh police are investigating a homicide in Oakland after finding a deceased Pitt student Sunday morning. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday night that the student was Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old woman. University spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed she was a Pitt stud...

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