WWE legend WILL NOT stand trial over death of ex-girlfriend


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UNFIT: Jimmy Snuka deemed too ill to stand trial

The beloved WWE legend, nicknamed “Superfly”, was charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in 2015 over the death of then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino.

Ms Argentino’s body was found in a hotel room in 1983 with yellow ooze foaming from her mouth and prosecutors allege that Snuka, real name James Wiley Smith Reiher, had beaten her to death.

But a county judge has dismissed the charges against the ailing star, deeming him unfit to face trial.

Snuka’s lawyer revealed in court last month that the 73-year-old is suffering from dementia, and believes that he is still a wrestler.

He is currently a resident in a Florida hospice and is believed to only have six months left to live.

Prosecutors had claimed that Snuka could have been faking dementia symptoms in a bid to avoid charges.

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But the Fijian had previously been ruled as not competent to stand trial after his lawyer argued that his dementia had been caused by head trauma sustained over his wrestling career.

In his autobiography, Snuka denied harming his ex-girlfriend, writing: “I never hit Nancy or threatened her.”

A district attorney’s office spokeswoman said prosecutors were evaluating their options after the verdict.

“We are considering our options and will decide at the appropriate time what actions we will take”

Attorney Charles Gallagher

Chief Deputy District Attorney Charles Gallagher said: “We are considering our options and will decide at the appropriate time what actions we will take.”

Snuka was a pioneer for wrestling in the 70s and 80s, with his colourful look and his daredevil in-ring style.

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