Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been arrested and accused of murdering his girlfriend in 1983. According to prosecutors, the 1980s pro wrestling star, who is now 72 years of age, was charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
The murder victim in this case is Nancy Argentino, who was 23 years of age at the time of her death. In 1983, she was found in the process of dying from serious head injuries in a motel room that she and Snuka had been sharing in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Unreleased Autopsy Called Death a Homicide
The Allentown Morning Call recently published a previously unreleased autopsy report that called Argentino's death a homicide. The newspaper found the report in a file relating to a federal lawsuit that Argentino's family filed against Snuka back in 1985. The district attorney for Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Jim Martin, said that he decided to reopen the case last year based on a letter he received from Argentino's sister.
In the 1980s, Snuka was a popular wrestler who frequently appeared on television alongside Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper. A radio announcer recently said that Snuka "had a one-of-a-kind wild man look."
Reporters were unable to reach Snuka for immediate comment on the charges. However, we do know that he was released soon after being arrested, after meeting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond obligation. The preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Sept. 21.
Defending Against Murder Charges
This case may be difficult for the prosecution to prove. Indeed, when a case is more than 30 years old like this, many witnesses will have died or simply forgotten the most important details relating to the case. That said, if the Lehigh County District Attorney's office has decided to reopen the matter, it may be in possession of some particularly strong evidence against the ex-wrestler. From a legal standpoint, it will be interesting to see how this murder trial progresses.
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