Wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has been charged with third-degree and involuntary manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend in a Pennsylvania motel more than 30 years ago.
Snuka, 72, was arrested on Tuesday at his New Jersey home and was arraigned at Lehigh County Central Booking Center in Pennsylvania.
The case was reopened last year by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin after questions were raised about Nancy Argentino's death in 1983.
At the time, Snuka was one of wrestling’s biggest names and the couple was in Pennsylvania for a wrestling event in which he was participating.
An autopsy determined Argentino died of traumatic brain injuries and suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises - a possible sign of "mate abuse" - on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet, according to The Morning Call.
Snuka was the only person of interest in the case but was never charged.
Earlier this year, the District Attorney announced that the investigation into her death would be reopened after an investigation gained attention that was conducted by The Morning Call.
Two years after their daughter’s mysterious death, the Argentino family won a $500,000 wrongful death case against the wrestler by default, but Snuka never paid because he claimed he was broke and couldn't afford a legal defense.
In 2012, Snuka released an autobiography were he maintained his innocence and said that Argentino’s death ruined his life.
Snuka was once charged with assaulting her just four months prior to her untimely death in a New York motel. He pleaded guilty to harassment in the case and most of the serious charges were dropped.
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