Ex-wrestler 'Superfly' charged in girlfriend's 1983 death

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka at the Spooky Empire Mayhem Horror Convention in Orlando, Fla., May 31, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka at the Spooky Empire Mayhem Horror Convention in Orlando, Fla., May 31, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend in eastern Pennsylvania more than three decades ago.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the results of a grand jury investigation of Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York.

Argentino was pronounced dead after authorities were called to a hotel room near Allentown in May 1983.

Snuka, now 72 and living in Waterford Township, New Jersey, wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he was innocent in her death, which he said ruined his life. He said he never hit or threatened her.

Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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