Retired wrestling star Bill Jack Haynes charged with murdering wife
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Retired wrestler Billy Jack Haynes has officially been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, Janette Becraft, at their Portland, Oregon home on February 8.

The 70-year-old born William Albert Haynes Jr. is facing a second-degree murder charge and a count of unlawful use of a weapon following his two-hour standoff with SWAT teams earlier this month. Police entered the home to discover the 85-year-old Becraft shot to death.

Haynes was transferred to a local hospital for ‘a medical condition unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement,’ according to police.

On Wednesday, Haynes was released from the hospital and moved to Multnomah County Detention Center, according to Portland police. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

No motive has been released for the alleged killing.

Billy Jack Haynes, 70, is suspected of shooting and killing his wife

Billy Jack Haynes, 70, is suspected of shooting and killing his wife 

Janette Becraft, 85, was found shot dead in the Portland, Oregon, home on February 8

Janette Becraft, 85, was found shot dead in the Portland, Oregon, home on February 8

Haynes refused to cooperate with police, leading to a two-hour standoff with Portland cops

Haynes refused to cooperate with police, leading to a two-hour standoff with Portland cops 

Haynes, who performed at WrestleMania III in 1987, was retired by 1996 and married Becraft in 2022.

Becraft was actually the mother of another wrestler, Tod Ruhl, who was reportedly best friends with Haynes before passing away in 2021.

Haynes was reportedly married three times before Becraft, including a one-year union with English wrestler Jeanie Clarke, who performed as Lady Blossom.

Becraft’s family has reacted to her death on social media.

Becraft’s daughter, Kim Becraft Finlay, wrote on Facebook: ‘You are now flying with the Angels. They are lucky to have such a beautiful soul. Love you Mom.’

Her niece, Sue Becraft, referenced unspecified past abuse endured by Becraft and her daughter: ‘When a family member is murdered, as my Aunt Jan was this past Thursday morning in Portland, all that comes flooding back is the endless work her daughter did to get her away from her abuser.

Haynes competed in the WWE between 1986 and 1988, including a bout in WrestleMania III

Haynes competed in the WWE between 1986 and 1988, including a bout in WrestleMania III

‘Hearing the pain and heartbreak in her voice as she tells me ”He shot her this morning, she didn’t make it.”

‘She loved her mother deeply and did all she could, but services she called to help her, only failed her and Jan.’

Haynes was a mainstay for several wrestling promotions before joining the WWF (now WWE) in 1986, wrestling against everyone from ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage to Ric Flair.

He later admitted to cocaine trafficking beginning in 1977 and continuing into the 1980s, according to reports by several outlets, including KARK in Arkansas.

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