Retired wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes, known for his illustrious career in the ring, has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife, Janette Becraft, in their home in Portland, Oregon. The incident occurred on February 8, prompting a swift response from local law enforcement.
Police were alerted to the situation after receiving reports of gunfire in the Lents neighborhood around 10 a.m. Haynes, 70, barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to cooperate with authorities. After a two-hour standoff, SWAT teams successfully apprehended Haynes without incident. Tragically, Becraft, 85, was found deceased inside the home.
Following his arrest, Haynes was taken to a local hospital for treatment of an unrelated medical condition. Once released, he is expected to be booked into jail, and the specific charges he will face will be disclosed at that time.
The couple, who were well-known in the local community, were described as fixtures in the neighborhood. Haynes often entertained wrestling fans with stories from his glory days. The news of the incident has left friends and neighbors devastated, with one close friend expressing their deep sorrow over the tragedy.
Janette Becraft’s son, Tod Becraft, had been a childhood friend of Haynes before his mother married the wrestling star. Becraft’s daughter, Kim Becraft, took to social media to express her love for her mother, stating that she is now “flying with the angels.”
Billy Jack Haynes gained prominence during his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 to 1988. He participated in the iconic Wrestlemania III event in Detroit in 1987. After retiring in 1995, Haynes remained active in the wrestling community, giving retrospective interviews and sharing his experiences. He also made headlines in 2018 when he claimed to have witnessed the beating death of two Arkansas teens involved in a drug deal with corrupt local police, although these claims were never substantiated.
In 2021, Haynes joined several other former wrestlers in a lawsuit against Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, alleging negligence in protecting them from head injuries sustained during their careers. However, the Supreme Court declined to take on the case after multiple appeals.