WWE Hall Of Famer Jimmy Snuka is being charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the 1983 murder case involving the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.
Snuka appeared in court on last Friday (May 13th) in Lehigh Valley, PA to determine if he is fit to stand trial. Forensic psychologist doctor Frank M. Dattilio said that Snuka is a “shell of a man” whose brain is “damaged beyond repair from years of wrestling stunts” and that Snuka’s dementia is “worsening by the month,” and he has “serious memory loss.”
Dr. Dattilio also said that the pressure of a trial would cause “severe erosion of Snuka’s emotional state.” According to Dr. Dattilio, Snuka is not able to stand trial.
On Tuesday (May 18th), the prosecutors brought in a second doctor, Dr. John O’Brien, to see if Snuka was able to stand trial for the case on Wednesday. According to Dr. O’Brien, Snuka’s brain is within the normal range of someone in their 70’s and Snuka is able to stand trial for the case. Dr. O’Brien added that Snuka was able to “hear, comprehend, and respond appropriately to questions,”
According to the Morning Call, Judge Kelly Banach said she will need to do further research on the evidence presented by both sides before making a final decision.
In an update, Snuka took the stand on Friday in order to help determine if he’s able to stand trial. Judge Banach asked Snuka basic questions including his identity, ability to read and write, obtaining a driver’s license, where he lives, and other tests while he was on the stand. The judge did not make her decision official today, and there is a fourth hearing scheduled for the judge to officially announce her decision on Snuka’s mental state.