Wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is mentally unfit to stand trial for the 1983 murder of his girlfriend, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.
Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach found that Snuka, 73, was “vacant,” leadable” and unable to fake dementia.
“I don’t believe he’s faking it,” Banach said, according to The Morning Call . “No offense, but I don’t think he’s smart enough to fake it.”
Snuka was charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter for the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino.
Banach’s ruling came after multiple hearings regarding Snuka’s mental competency.
During previous testimony on the stand Snuka couldn’t remember his lawyer’s name, addressed the judge as “dear” and “hon” and didn’t know the reason he was in court.
His defence said the dementia was the result of head trauma Snuka suffered during his high-flying career in the squared circle.
His mental fitness will be re-evaluated in six months.
“Unfortunately justice suffers when it’s delayed,” Banach said. “Justice suffers after 30 years because everything decays.”
Snuka was famous for the Superfly Splash in which he leapt from the top rope.
The Fiji native who lives in New Jersey, told police shortly after the death that he had been at a World Wrestling Federation taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds and found his girlfriend unresponsive in their Whitehall Township hotel room when he returned.
An autopsy determined she died of traumatic brain injuries and had more than three dozen cuts and bruises, and it concluded her injuries were consistent with being hit with a stationary object.
Nevertheless, the district attorney declined to press charges at the time and Snuka continued his successful pro wrestling career.
Prosecutors reopened the investigation after a 2013 report in The Morning Call raised questions about the investigation. He was charged last year and pleaded not guilty.


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