- The grand jury, which reviewed the cold case, wrote plainly in their findings that Snuka's "assaultive acts and his failure to act to obtain medical attention resulted in her death." The jury recommended to supervising judge Maria Dantos that Snuka be charged with homicide.
- Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, who presented the cold case to the grand jury, noted that Snuka was charged with third-degree murder because there was malice behind Snuka's alleged actions. However, they did not pursue a first-degree charge because it applies "to a killing that is both willful and premeditated."
Therefore, Snuka was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter because they believe the evidence shows Snuka fatally harmed Argentino during an altercation and failed to provide proper medical attention.
- if Snuka is convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 20-40 years in prison.
- D.A. Martin acknowledged Snuka's poor health, which is why Snuka was allowed to post bail and not be held in jail until his court hearing. If Snuka faced the possibility of a life sentence, he likely would not have been allowed to post bail.
"I do not want to burden the taxpayers of Lehigh County with medical expenses, which would be extremely high and would have to be borne by them if he remained in Lehigh County Jail," Martin said.
- The grand jury reviewed testimony and statements from "20 witnesses" and Lehigh County Detective Gerald Procanyn, who investigated the case in 1983 and was present when Argentino was hurried to the hospital.
As noted previously, many wrestlers who were witnesses or potential witnesses to the events in 1983 have since died. Snuka appeared before the grand jury during their review, but he did not testify.
- Statements made by Snuka in his 2012 autobiography were part of the grand jury's review. Snuka's inconsistent presentation of what happened to Argentino in May 1983 contributed to the grand jury deciding that Snuka should be charged with homicide.
"We believe it is important to note that James Snuka changed the location of the injuries in his discussion with the chaplain to happening on the highway traveling to [the George Washington Motor Lodge], but still admitted that she sustained her injury after he shoved her and she fell backward, hitting her head on the concrete," the grand jury wrote.
The grand jury also focused on Snuka's mental state at the time, referencing Snuka's autobiography.
"The grand jury believes it is important to note how James Snuka related in his autobiography the state of his behavior that 'in 1983, my personal life started getting a little crazy' especially in his frequent use of alcohol, steroids, and cocaine," the grand jury wrote.
- Overall, Martin said the difference between prosecuting Snuka in 1983 and 2015 comes down to clearer evidence.
"The grand jury and the evidence we were able to produce before the grand jury made the difference in what has happened today compared to what happened 32 years ago," D.A. Martin said.
- Argentino's family conveyed a mix of sadness re-living Nancy's death and relief that charges were filed against Snuka more than 30 years later.
"We thought they were giving us lip service. Even when they brought the grand jury, we didn't have much hope. We still thought they were giving us the runaround. But the grand jury really did its job and we're grateful. The doors of justice were slammed in our face 30 years ago, but better late than never, we have a chance of getting justice," said Nancy's older sister, Lorraine.
Another sister, Salome, said of her mother: "She was very happy. That poor woman has been broken. She's still so sad. She has all of Nancy's pictures and things that she keeps around her."
Louise Argentino recalled to NBC-2 in Florida that the family saw warning signs of abuse too late.
"I saw her in the coffin and saw all the bruises the mortician covered in makeup, and I was wondering 'What was that?'" she told the news station.
"If he (Snuka) gets to do time to make up for this ... He should consider it an honor to serve time for what he's done," she added.
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