An autopsy determined 23-year-old Nancy Argentino died from traumatic brain injuries and suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises to her body.
Snuka initially told police back in 1983 that he shoved Argentino, resulting in her falling to the ground and hitting her head, before taping a then-World Wrestling Federation show at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
He has always protested his innocence, and wrote in his biography: “Many bad things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true”.
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 was taken into custody and posted bail which was set at $100,000. The case was reopened and a grand jury listened to testimonies and statements from 20 witnesses.
The investigation was re-opened after continuous pressure from Argentino’s family.
Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, seen in 2013, has been charged with his girlfriend’s 1983 murder, Pennsylvania prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Ms Argentino’s sister told the newspaper she was relieved that charges had been filed.
“If I was guilty of anything, it was cheating on my wife, and that was it…” Later, she was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital. “Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system”.
Snuka, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, recently was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Snuka now makes his home in South Jersey, about 90 miles from Allentown. To this day, I get nasty notes and threats.
Her family pursued him through court and won $500,000 in damages in a wrongful death case, but the celebrity wrestler said he couldn’t afford to pay. Reportedly, his story changed at least six times, admitting in one story that he did hit hurt, only to say in another story that she slipped in the bathroom.