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Man accused of killing Pitt student, raping Indiana woman faces new rape charge

Megan Guza
| Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Matthew Darby
Matthew Darby

A man accused of killing a University of Pittsburgh student Sunday and raping an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student earlier this year will face a new charge of raping a juvenile in Allegheny County.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Friday that he has authorized several charges, including rape, against Matthew Darby, 21, of Greensburg. Darby was charged Sunday with killing Alina Sheykhet, 20, in her Oakland apartment.

At the time of the alleged killing, Darby was out on $10,000 bail for allegedly breaking into Sheykhet's apartment about three weeks before her murder. He was also out on $10,000 bail on charges he raped an Indiana woman in February.

Now Darby is accused of raping a 17-year-old Elizabeth girl last week.

“I'm not sure when it was reported or when the young lady told her mother,” Zappala said. “The Tuesday after the homicide, (the teenager's) mother calls the Pittsburgh police and says, ‘That's the guy who is responsible for the assault of my child.'”

County police officials said they received the rape allegations Tuesday evening.

Zappala said investigators are still looking into the specifics of the alleged assault in Elizabeth. He said he wants to know more about the alleged crime in Indiana as well.

“There are a lot of things that still need to be done,” he said. “We're proceeding on at least three major crimes, and felony trespass — that's a fourth.”

He said it is too early to say whether his office will seek the death penalty against Darby as the case moves through the court system.

“There are a number of circumstances that would lend themselves to that type of consideration,” he said. “But it's premature at this point.”

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @meganguzaTrib.

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