Hearing underway for former wrestling star Snuka

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

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) –  A Pennsylvania judge is hearing testimony on whether former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is mentally competent to stand trial in the death of his girlfriend more than three decades ago.

Snuka is charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino, who was from New York. Snuka has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer has called Argentino’s death an “unfortunate accident.”

Defense attorney Robert Kirwan II says the 72-year-old Snuka has early onset dementia and post-concussion syndrome. He says the former WWE star doesn’t understand the charges or even know he was arrested.

Snuka is in the courtroom for Friday’s hearing in Allentown. He lives in Camden County, New Jersey.

Argentino was found dead after authorities were called to the hotel room she was sharing with Snuka. An autopsy determined she died of brain trauma.


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