Judge Won’t Drop Charges Against Snuka Pending Hearing
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge says she won't dismiss the homicide charges against former pro wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka but may consider doing so later.
The Lehigh County judge in June ruled the 73-year-old defendant mentally incompetent to stand trial in his girlfriend's 1983 death. She declined prosecutors' request to have him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.
Prosecutors then asked the judge to either require Snuka to participate in outpatient treatment to determine whether he can become mentally competent or dismiss the charges.
Judge Kelly Banach said during a Tuesday hearing she wasn't comfortable with a dismissal now but wanted to revisit the case at Snuka's next evaluation hearing in December.
Snuka was charged last year in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino at a hotel. Snuka says she died in a fall.