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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka charged with murdering his girlfriend 32 years ago
Murder accused: Wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka
Wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka has been charged with murdering his girlfriend more than 30 years ago, it was reported tonight.
Nancy Argentino, then aged 23, died in mysterious circumstances at a motel in Pennsylvania on May 10, 1983.
Snuka, whose real name is James Wiley Smith Reiher, was named as a 'person of interest' at the time but no charges were ever brought and the case went cold.
Now, more than three decades later, Snuka has been arrested after a grand jury concluded he had caused the injuries which led to her death.
Snuka, now 72, is believed to have repeatedly assaulted Argentino in their hotel room at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Whitehall Township.
He is then accused of leaving her to lie on their bed "without obtaining the necessary medical attention", Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told a press conference.
Martin added that Argentino had a multitude of face, scalp and body bruises and abrasions consistent with domestic abuse, it was reported.
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Snuka, who is battling a terminal illness, was arrested at his home in New Jersey and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
The WWF (now WWE) star, who was inducted into the wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996, has always maintained his innocence, and wrote about it in his 2012 autobiography.
An extract reads: "Many terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true.
"This has been very hard on me and very hard on my family. To this day, I get nasty notes and threats. It hurts. I never hit Nancy or threatened her."
However prosecutors say he had a history of abuse towards Argentino, including one incident four months before she died where he was allegedly seen dragging her by her hair.
September 02, 2015
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