Former Wrestling Star Billy Jack Haynes Charged with Murder of Wife in Portland Home

Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting his wife, Janette Becraft, inside their Portland home earlier this month. Haynes, 70, whose real name is William Albert Haynes Jr., was released from the hospital and transferred to Multnomah County Detention Center on Wednesday following an arrest warrant.

The incident occurred on February 8 when Portland police responded to a call of shots fired in the Lents neighborhood on Southeast 100th Avenue. After a two-hour-long standoff with SWAT teams, Haynes was taken into custody. Officers discovered Becraft’s lifeless body inside the home, and her death was determined to be a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.

Haynes, who had a 15-year wrestling career, competed in various circuits before joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1986. He participated in the renowned 1987 Wrestlemania III event in Detroit, facing off against notable wrestlers such as Ric Flair and Randy Savage. Haynes retired from wrestling in 1996 after brief stints in smaller promotions.

In addition to his wrestling career, Haynes has given retrospective interviews and admitted to involvement with cocaine trafficking rings during the 1980s. In 2018, he claimed to have witnessed the beating death of two Arkansas teens in 1987, allegedly linked to a drug deal involving corrupt local police. However, these recollections were never substantiated.

Haynes has faced legal battles outside the wrestling ring as well. In 2021, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Haynes and other former wrestlers who sued the WWE for failing to protect them from repeated head injuries resulting in long-term brain damage.

Haynes is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday. The motive behind the alleged murder remains unknown. The tragic incident has left the community shocked, with Becraft’s daughter, Kim Becraft Finlay, expressing her grief on Facebook.

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2 Responses

  1. This is truly a tragic and shocking incident. It reminds me of a similar incident that happened in my neighborhood a few years ago.

    I remember hearing about a couple who seemed like the perfect match. They were both successful professionals and appeared to have a loving relationship. However, one fateful night, everything changed.

    I was at home when I heard sirens blaring outside. Curiosity got the better of me, so I went outside to see what was happening. To my horror, I saw police

  2. Wow, this is such a shocking and tragic news. My heart goes out to the family and friends affected by this incident. It’s important to spread awareness about such incidents and encourage discussions around domestic violence and its consequences.

    I would be more than willing to share this post on my social media platforms to help raise awareness and promote discussions about this issue. It’s crucial that we come together as a community to address and prevent such acts of violence.

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