Like Hulk Hogan, WWE legend (WWF in his heyday) Superfly Jimmy Snuka is seeing his legacy go up in flames and ashes.
The 72-year-old former high-flying athlete has just been charged with 3rd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the 1983 assault and death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.
Reports The Morning Call:
Snuka, 72, was arrested Tuesday morning after he surrendered to a Lehigh County detective and arraigned at 1:50 p.m. from the Lehigh County Central Booking Center. He was sent to county jail, but later posted $100,000 bail.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin re-opened the case last year, prompted in part by a Morning Call investigation that raised questions about the death of Snuka’s 23-year-old girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in May 1983. The Call story revealed a never-before-seen autopsy report that labeled the case a homicide.
The grand jury’s term ended at the end of July.
Reached Tuesday by phone, Argentino’s sister Louise Argentino-Upham said it’s a relief, especially since her mother turns 90 this year and may be able to see justice served.
“I think that it’s been a long road,” Argentino-Upham said. “They did the right thing in face of all the evidence.”
Snuka had been at a WWF taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds on May 10, 1983, and returned to his Whitehall Township motel room to find Argentino, of Brooklyn, gasping for air and oozing yellow fluid from her mouth and nose, records show.
Superfly Jimmy Snucka isn’t as nimble as he once was. He may find prison to be a bit rough in his senior citizen state, should he be found guilty.