Judge: Man must stand trial in university student’s death

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man charged with killing a University of Pittsburgh student in her off-campus apartment last year will stand trial for homicide and numerous other charges.

A judge made the decision Friday after a lengthy hearing where prosecutors presented evidence they say linked Matthew Darby to the slaying.

Authorities allege that Darby used a claw hammer and two knives to kill 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet, his ex-girlfriend, on Oct. 8 before fleeing. He was captured in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after a witness reported him tampering with a window at a residence three days after the Pittsburgh slaying.

Defense attorney David Shrager argued that prosecutors had only presented circumstantial evidence against hgis client.

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Besides the homicide charge, Darby is also accused of flight, burglary, theft, trespassing and possessing an instrument of crime.