Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes arrested after wife found dead in couple’s home

Billy Jack Haynes, a former wrestling star who wrestled the likes of Ric Flair and Randy Savage during his nearly 15-year career in the ring, has been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his wife in their home. I returned to Oregon last Thursday.

Around 10 a.m. on February 8, police responded to a report of a shooting in the Lentz neighborhood of Portland and learned that Haynes, 70, was inside the residence and refusing to come out.

With the assistance of the SWAT team, Haynes was safely taken into custody after a two-hour standoff.

Police found his wife, Janet Becraft, 85, dead inside the home.

“He remains in police custody at a local hospital and is being treated for medical conditions unrelated to the homicide or contact with law enforcement,” police said in a statement after his arrest.

Haynes was arrested last week on suspicion of fatally shooting his wife inside their Oregon home. WWE

“Once he is released from the hospital, which may be several days later, he is expected to be in jail. Mr. Haines will be released from prison if the charges are arraigned.”

A longtime friend and neighbor said the couple were familiar to the local community, with Haynes often entertaining local wrestling fans with tales of glory-era wars.

“It’s just a huge tragedy.” Brelynn Matthew told KOIN. “I was pretty close to both of them and loved them very much. Today is a really sad day.”

Haynes was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff with police. WWE

Becraft’s son from a previous relationship, Todd Becraft, was a childhood friend of Haynes. After her first husband died, she married a wrestler 15 years younger than her.

“You are flying with the angels right now,” the victim’s daughter, Kim Becraft, wrote on Facebook. “They are lucky to have such beautiful souls. I love you mom.”

Haynes was in the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 to 1988 and is best known for earning a spot on the famous 1987 WrestleMania III card in Detroit.

Janet Becraft, 85, was found dead inside the couple’s home. portland police bureau

He would finally hang up his trunks in 1995 after brief stints with several smaller promotions.

The grappler, born William Haynes Jr., has given frequent retrospective interviews since his retirement, admitting his involvement in a cocaine trafficking ring in the 1980s.

In 2018, Haynes claimed that in 1987 he witnessed the beating deaths of two teenagers in Arkansas during a drug deal run by corrupt local police. His memory was not confirmed.

Mr. Haynes was best known for his work with the WWF in the 1980s. Hannibal TV/YouTube

along with several other former wrestlers.In 2021, Haynes lost a lawsuit against Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment for failing to protect the team from head injuries sustained during his career.

Although it was filed in 2014, the Supreme Court declined to take up the case in 2021 after several appeals.

Haynes is expected to be charged with murder.