Wrestling Legend Charged With Murder After 32 Years
Few wrestlers have had an impact on the industry the way that Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has. The man introduced the idea of high-flying, top rope wrestling to the American market and, in many ways, opened the door for guys like Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam--really, anyone you've seen come off the top rope owes a debt to Superfly.
But for some fans and those in the industry, Superfly's career is almost as equally defined by the tragedy that occurred on May 11, 1983. Snuka returned to his hotel room to find his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, unable to breathe and with a yellow fluid coming out of her mouth. She then died.
Jimmy Snuka has maintained for years that Argentino slipped on the side of the road at a pit stop during their travels and hit her head.
But investigations and a recent look into the story have unearthed enough inconsistencies in Snuka's story and the nature of the trauma that led to Argentino's death to charge him with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
According to Lehigh Valley Live, Snuka surrendered himself in to Lehigh County prosecutors on Tuesday, and was released after posting 10 percent of $100,000 bail and surrendering his passport:
Bail is not normally set in homicide cases in Lehigh County.
District Attorney Jim Martin said bail was set in this case, in part, because Snuka is suffering from a life-threatening illness, the treatment of which would unnecessarily burden taxpayers.
Martin declined to identify Snuka's illness, but it has been reported he has stomach cancer.
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