WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Snuka, who is now 72 and battling stomach cancer, has been charged following the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, back in May 1983. He was arrested at his New Jersey home this morning and later sent to county jail, with bail set at $100,000.
After a WWF TV taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds on May 10, Snuka returned to his hotel room to find Argentino gasping for air and yellow fluid oozing from her nose and mouth. She died the following day, with the later autopsy confirming it was due to traumatic brain injuries.
Argentino had also suffered a number of cuts and bruises, which were suggested to be as a result of domestic abuse. The autopsy alsostated that the injuries suffered were consistent with her being struck with a stationary object.
The forensic pathologist who worked the case suggested that the matter be investigated as a homicide, however there were never any charges levied. Snuka denied at the time that he had any involvement in Argentino’s death and injuries, and has continued to do so for years afterwards.
The investigation into the murder was reopened last year when the Allentown Morning Call newspaper in Pennsylvania published an in-depth story on the incident, including printing the autopsy that labeled the death a homicide. Argentino’s sister Nancy has been campaigning for years for Snuka to be charged with the crime.
WWE have commented on the arrest, saying;
“WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”