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Death Penalty Sought for Ex-Boyfriend Accused of Killing University of Pittsburgh Student

Matthew Darby is accused of killing Alina Sheykhet in her off-campus home.

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    Death Penalty Sought for Ex-Boyfriend Accused of Killing University of Pittsburgh Student
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    Matthew Darby is charged with killing University of Pittsburgh student Alina Sheykhet.

    Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty in the case of a man charged with killing a University of Pittsburgh student in her off-campus apartment last year.

    Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Darby is accused of having used a claw hammer and two knives in October to kill 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet, his ex-girlfriend. He fled and was captured in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    Allegheny County prosecutors said capital punishment would be warranted if Darby is convicted of first-degree murder because the murder occurred during commission of other felonies.

    They also cited the defendant’s criminal history and the fact that the victim had a protection-from-abuse order against him stemming from an earlier break-in at her apartment.

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed a moratorium on use of the death penalty.