Wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka charged with GF's 1983 death

2 September 2015 / 1 year 1 month ago

Wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, 72, will allegedly be charged with murdering his girlfriend, who died 32 years ago.

According to The Morning Call, Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday. 

Lehigh County grand jury determined that he repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend NancyArgentino in May 1983 in the motel and then left her in bed to die.

The WWF star is believed to have killed Nancy following a heated argument in a motel, reports Hollywood Life.

An autopsy report, recently obtained by The Morning Call, claims Nancy “suffered multiple cuts and contusions on her entire body,” according to TMZ. The autopsy also says Nancy “died of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object.”

On May 10, 1983, Snuka was at a taping of a then-World Wrestling Federation event at the Allentown Fairgrounds. He returned to the George Washington Motor Lodge motel room to find Argentino, gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose, court records say.

Paramedics arrived at the motel — now the site of Home Depot along MacArthur Road and Route 22 — and found Snuka, a police officer and two wrestlers there, according to court records. Argentino was unconscious, barely breathing and her dilated pupils and rapid heart rate indicated she had a head injury and was likely in shock, court records say.

Argentino was pronounced dead at a Lehigh Valley Hospital emergency room the next day.

An autopsy determined she died of traumatic brain injuries and had suffered 39 cuts and bruises — a possible sign of "mate abuse" — on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet.

Nancy died 32 years ago, so it seems odd for the investigation to be re-opened, but after pressure from Nancy’s family, investigators reportedly obliged. Jimmy was arrested at his New Jersey home on Sept. 1 and taken into custody. He was booked, and his bail was set at $100,000.

Nancy’s sister, Louise Argentino-Upham, said it’s a relief that Jimmy will be charged, especially because her mom turns 90 this year and she may actually get to see justice served before dying. “I think that it’s been a long road,” she told The Morning Call. “They did the right thing in face of all the evidence.”

WWE issued a statement to PWInsider.com, saying the entertainment company "expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system."

Martin insisted that Snuka's star status in 1983 didn't protect him.

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