WWE Legend Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka Charged With 32-Year-Old Murder
WWE Hall of Famer and professional wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has been charged for a murder he allegedly committed 32 years ago.
Snuka was officially charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of his 23-year-old mistress Nancy Argentino. The former wrestler was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail, although it’s expected that he’ll post at least some of his $100,000 bail.
The case was filed by the Lehigh County prosecutor following a grand jury investigation that found Snuka culpable in her death. The alleged murder took place in 1983 following a WWE (then known as the World Wrestling Federation) taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Snuka has long asserted that he found Argentino unconscious in their Whitehall Township hotel room. She was later rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy at the time determined that Argentino ultimately died of “traumatic brain injuries”, although she also had injuries that included several cuts and bruises that were consistent with being assaulted with a blunt object. However, despite being found culpable in a civil suit by Argentino’s family, charges were never brought against Snuka.
The grand jury handed down its judgment against Snuka after noticing his changing account of what happened that evening. Reportedly, his story changed at least six times, admitting in one story that he did hit hurt, only to say in another story that she slipped in the bathroom. The grand jury also took Snuka’s prior bad acts into account, as evidence of Snuka assaulting Argentino four months prior to her death, was brought forward. Snuka maintains his innocence to this day, even as he battles a terminal stomach cancer diagnosis. World Wrestling Entertainment, however, is generally keeping out of this mess, since they have enough to deal with, concerning the scandal surrounding fellow WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.
“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss,” WWE said in a statement. “Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
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