The ex-boyfriend of a University of Pittsburgh student who was found murdered in her home earlier this month pleaded guilty to charges in South Carolina, clearing the way for him to be extraditing to Pennsylvania and face murder charges.
Matthew Darby, 21, was arrested earlier this month on loitering and false information charges after “a concerned citizen reported that a male was tampering with a residence,” the Myrtle Beach Police Department said in a statement, according to Fox News.
Darby is accused of murdering 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet, a physical therapy student who was found dead in her home on October 8 by her parents.
“We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence,” Chief of Police Scott Schubert said in a statement at the time.
The culprit allegedly used a claw hammer and two knives to kill his ex-girlfriend before fleeing to South Carolina. In the months leading up to her death, Sheykhet sought and obtained a protection from abuse order against Darby after he was arrested and charged with felony criminal trespass on September 26 for breaking into her apartment.
“He did this because I left him and stopped answering his phone calls,” Sheykhet wrote, claiming that Darby was abusive, controlling and jealous. She also described how Darby climbed up the gutter of her home and busted through a second-floor window to reach her.
Darby was also charged with rape and sexual assault in another county and posted a $10,000 bail in that case, court records show.
Sheykhet’s parents have proposed a new “Alina’s Law” that would help protect people who have filed restraining orders from violence.
“They are salt of the earth people and they are devastated by, obviously, the death of their daughter, who by all accounts was a wonderful, vibrant, young, smart, talented young lady,” attorney Robert Del Greco told Action News 4.