Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s flight has finally been cut short as the Wrestling Hall of Famer has been charged for a crime that he had committed more than 30 years ago. Read on for more details.
The semi-retired professional wrestler was formally read of his criminal charges. It involved third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of his mistress, Nancy Argentino of New York following his surrender to authorities in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on Sept. 1 as reported by The Morning Call.
A formal presentation of information to the court dated July 17 read, “His assaultive acts and his failure to act to obtain medical attention resulted in her death”.
The 72-year old once hulking Fijian high-flyer posted a bail of $100,000. It was after it was established by the grand jury that Snuka again and again battered a then 23-year-old Argentino inside their motel and left her to die back in May 1983. Snuka was reportedly taping for the World Wrestling Federation before he returned to their room which he shared with Argentino in Whitehall Township.
In a further report from th The Morning Call, the reopening of the Argentino case was triggered chiefly by three elements: The wrestler’s overall justification of the event which clashed with the evidence taken from the medical and forensic autopsy report, Snuka’s conflicting versions on how Argentino obtained such an injury including an account which he claimed that the latter tripped over the floor, former wrestler Buddy Rogers and other colleague’s testimony on Snuka’s long history of domestic violence. The report also included a rare autopsy that labeled the case as a homicide.
Wrestle Zone was quoted that wrestling promoter Vincent “Vince” McMahon poured out his support for the Whitehall authorities. It was led by Gerry Procanyn, Al Fritzinger and Vincent Geiger in a 2013 published article of the 1983 incident.
Jimmy Snuka was known is his prime for his daredevil top rope dive with culminated with him splattering his own chest with his opponent’s chest.
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