Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend from more than three decades ago

By Naja Rayne
September 01, 2015 07:00 PM
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Former WWE star, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, was charged on Tuesday with the 1983 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.

Charges against Snuka include third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for Argentino’s death, the Associated Press reports. She was 23 at the time.

In May of 1983, police were called to a hotel room near Allentown, Pennsylvania where they reportedly found her struggling for air with mucus coming from her mouth and nose. She later died at a hospital.

Although the case went cold, it was reopened in 2014 when an autopsy showed Argentino’s cause of death as traumatic brain injuries. It also mentioned that she had three-dozen cuts and bruises. Forensic pathologist Isidore Mihalakis reportedly added that the case should be investigated as a homicide.

In 1985, Argentino’s family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Snuka and won, but the victim’s sister Louise Argentino-Upham still sees the current charges as a relief. Upham told The Morning Call – a local Allentown newspaper – it’s relieving that her 90-year-old mother may finally see justice.

Throughout the years, Snuka, 72, has maintained his innocence. In his 2012 autobiography he discussed Argentino’s death, saying that the incident ruined his life.

“Many terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true,” he wrote. “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.”

According to AP, Snuka was arraigned on Tuesday and released after posting bail.

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