Former professional wrestler James Reiher Snuka better known by his ring name Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is off the hook as far as charges go in the death of his former mistress Nancy Argentino back in 1983. The Lehigh County judge Kelly Benach dismissed the charges after determining that Snuka was mentally incompetent to stand trial due to his severe case of dementia.
“The Court is satisfied that the defendant remains incompetent and the Court is satisfied that the defendant will not regain competency and that it would be unjust to resume the prosecution,” Banach said in her order.
Snooker had been charged back in September 2015 however, since the charges arose as lawyers had thought to have them thrown out due to mental incompetency.
Snuka came to the Lehigh Valley on May 9, 1983, to wrestle at Agriculture Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
The police were called to the George Washington Motor Lodge in Whitehall Township and found 23-year-old Nancy Argentino unresponsive in the bed she had been sharing with Snuka.
Argentino was taking to the hospital and pronounced dead early in the morning on May 11, 1983. Her skull had been fractured and her death was caused by craniocerebral injuries, the coroner ruled.
It has been alleged that during the cocaine binge Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka allegedly got angry at Nancy Argentino and repeatedly assaulted her and forced her to remain in the bed without receiving proper medical attention. The grand jury actually said that ” the grand jury presentment says. “His assaultive acts and his failure to obtain medical attention resulted in her death by homicide at 1:50 a.m. on May 11, 1983.”
Snuka’s account of what happened ranged from him telling people he pushed Nancy, to claims that she fell on the side of the road and hit her head on the pavement.
With his criminal charges now dismissed Snuka’s lawyers say that they will work on clearing his name so that his legacy as a Hall of Fame wrestler can be preserved. His lawyer also stated that during the investigation of this case that new information into what actually happened to Nancy Argentino and will release it when he feels it is the appropriate time.
On a side note wrestling lore actually, claims that WWE owner Vince McMahon showed up with a briefcase of money to the prosecutors home the day after her death and allegedly used it to keep his rising star out of jail. None of this obviously can be confirmed but there are thousands of wrestling fans who actually claim it as fact.
Whatever the truth is it seems as if we will never know unless his lawyer decides to release the information he claims he has which I’m assuming is a confession by the wrestler to be released after his death.