Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka has been charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter over the death of his then-girlfriend 32 years ago.
The WWE Hall of Famer, 72, was arrested on Tuesday as a Lehigh County grand jury determined he repeatedly assaulted Nancy Argentino in an Allentown, Pennsylvania motel in 1983.
The company issued a statement following the news, which read: “WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately, this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
He was the sole ‘person of interest’ in the original investigation, but wasn’t charged at the time of Argentino’s death and the case went cold – before being reopened following a 2013 story by the Morning Call which revealed an unseen autopsy report which labelled the mysterious case a homicide.
In a press conference this week, the newspaper notes that District Attorney Jim Martin announced the charges against the legendary wrestler, who was originally reported to have returned to the motel room to find his girlfriend “gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose”.
However, the autopsy determined she died of traumatic injuries, including suffering many cuts and bruises consistent with being hit with a stationary object.