Wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka appears in court

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Pro wrestling legend Jimmy ?Superfly? Snuka arrived at the Lehigh County Courthouse Wednesday morning looking frail and gaunt. (WPVI)

Pro wrestling legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka arrived at the Lehigh County Courthouse Wednesday morning looking frail and gaunt and wearing a suit that looked a few sizes too big.

But defense attorney Robert Kerwin says despite appearances, the former pro wrestler is looking forward to having his day in court.

"He is not dreading this trial. He is looking forward to clearing his name. And I expect he'll be found innocent and all charges," Kerwin said.

His defense team waived his preliminary hearing in exchange for transcripts of the grand jury testimony that resulted in charges being filed against Snuka.

Snuka is charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in Whitehall Township back in 1983.

After being cleared of criminal charges 32 years ago, a grand jury started taking another look at the case in 2013 in light of new evidence.

The evidence includes Superfly's recent autobiography where he describes his behavior in 1983 as "a little crazy" due primarily to his use of alcohol, steroids, and cocaine.

In the end, the grand jury investigation alleges that Jimmy Snuka repeatedly assaulted Argentino inside the former George Washington Motor Lodge and then left her in the room to die.

But Snuka's defense team maintains that Argentino's death was an accident.

They say she hit her head during horseplay, the authorities were notified, and their client is innocent.

"30 years ago when this case was thoroughly investigated by the DA's office, this DA's office, they determined there was no crime committed. 30 years has not changed that," Kerwin said.

Snuka, who does have stomach cancer, recently underwent surgery and is expected to begin chemotherapy and radiation later on this month.

Meanwhile, his arraignment should take place in November with his trial beginning in the new year.

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