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Breaking: Jimmy Snuka charged with third degree murder in Argentino death (updated)


By Dave Meltzer,

Jimmy Snuka, one of the most popular pro wrestlers of the 1980s, was charged Tuesday with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of mistress Nancy Argentino, someone he traveled the Northeast with during the last year of WWF as a Northeast territory.

Snuka surrendered himself into custody in Pennsylvania, was booked, and is being held on $100,000 bond.

The case was reopened last year after the Allentown Morning Call (PA) published a story about all the questions that were not answered involving the case. Here's the paper's updated story.

Argentino passed away on May 11, 1983, from traumatic brain injuries. Her body had a number of cuts and bruises.

Snuka had told police that while driving to Allentown, Argentino got out of the car, slipped when going to urinate on the side of the road, and hit her head.  However, there were inconsistencies in his story from other stories reported by those who had spoken to him at the time.

The WWE made a statement regarding today's legal proceedings:

"WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss.  Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system."