Sarah Cassi of LehighValleyLive.com was present for the news conference for the Grand Jury presentment of the murder charges brought against WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka earlier today.
Snuka is being charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter after the death of his then-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. According to Cassi, the charges were based on three sources, including Snuka’s “numerous” statements to the media, as well as his autobiography.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, who re-opened the case last year after being declared a cold case in 1983, said Snuka’s celebrity didn’t have a factor of a lack of charges being brought against Snuka then. Martin announced the grand jury’s findings, saying Snuka is reported to have assaulted Argentino repeatedly, and failed to get her medical attention, which resulted in her death the next day.
Snuka was in the Allentown area for a WWF taping, and reportedly told five people, including the responding police officer, that he shoved Argentino and she fell and hit her head. According to the Allentown Morning Call, an autopsy later determined Argentino died of traumatic brain injuries in addition to more than two dozen cuts and bruises on her body; Snuka was reported to have found her in the room after attending the WWF tapings that day.