Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, one of the enduring figures of professional wrestling, has been battling a murder rap for years which led to the formation of a criminal trial. Reportedly suffering from dementia and other health ailments, Snuka’s case was formally dismissed on Tuesday in Allentown, Pa., which brings to a close a case over three decades old.
Local outlet The Morning Call reports:
During a closed-door hearing Tuesday in Allentown, Judge Kelly L. Banach granted defense attorney Robert Kirwan’s motion to end the case, which stalled in June when the judge found Snuka, 73, incompetent to stand trial.
“It was time for there to be closure,” Kirwan said after the hearing in the judge’s chambers.
“The medical evidence showed that he was not getting better, and in fact he’s getting worse.”
Speaking publicly for the first time since Banach issued a gag order shortly after Snuka’s arrest in 2015, Kirwan called the prosecution’s case “doomed from the start.”
Last August, prosecutors requested that Judge Banach either send Snuka for medical treatment or drop the case altogether. The judge’s decision was confirmed after examining Snuka’s health records.
The 1983 death of Nancy Argentino took place in Allentown while Snuka, real name James Wiley Smith Reiher, was in the town for a WWF filming. The details of her death resurfaced in 2013 after Morning Call investigated the matter and focused on newly discovered evidence at the time. Snuka allegedly changed his story regarding her death, which was ruled a homicide due to injuries from striking with an object.
Snuka’s legal team is said to be working diligently to present facts that will clear their client’s name.