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Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes charged in wife’s murder

Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes was formally charged with murder Wednesday for allegedly shooting and killing his wife inside their Portland, Oregon, home earlier this month.

William Albert Haynes Jr., 70, known by his ring name Billy Jack Haynes, was released from the hospital and transported to the Multnomah County Jail on a warrant. This was announced by the Portland Police Bureau.

He is charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon in the Feb. 8 killing of 85-year-old Janet Becraft.

Just after 9:50 a.m. on February 8, Portland police responded to a shooting in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Street in the Lentz neighborhood.

Haynes was eventually taken into police custody after a two-hour standoff with the SWAT team.

Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes was formally charged Wednesday with murdering his wife earlier this month. WWE

After Haynes was taken into custody, Becraft was found dead inside the home by officers.

Her death was ruled a homicide due to gunshot wounds.

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

Haynes was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for “medical conditions unrelated to homicide or contact with law enforcement,” according to a previous police statement.

Janet Becraft was found dead inside her Portland home on February 8th after police were called to a shooting incident. portland police bureau
Haynes was taken to a local hospital, where he was “treated for medical conditions unrelated to homicide or contact with law enforcement.” Hannibal TV/YouTube

The former wrestler was childhood friends with Becraft’s son Todd.

Haynes married wrestling manager Janine Clark, also known as Lady Blossom, in 1983, but the two divorced a year later.

He married his fourth wife, Becraft, in 2022.

Becraft married Haynes after her first husband died.

Haynes competed on several different wrestling circuits in the Pacific Northwest and Florida during his 15-year career, before transferring to what was then called the World Wrestling Federation in 1986.

He continued with the promotion for two years and earned a spot on the famous WrestleMania III card in 1987 in Detroit.

Haynes has wrestled the likes of Ric Flair and Randy Savage during his time in the NWA and WWF, respectively.

He retired from the sport in 1996 after brief stints with several smaller promotions.

Grappler 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.

In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a lawsuit brought by Haynes and several other former wrestlers against WWE for failing to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage.

Haynes competed on several different wrestling circuits in the Pacific Northwest and Florida during his 15-year career, before transferring to what was then called the World Wrestling Federation in 1986. WWE

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

Haynes is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday. According to KPTV.

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