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Former WWE wrestler Billy Jack Haynes charged with wife’s murder

By Jimmy Turner
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February 29, 2024

Former wrestling star Billy Jack Haynes, also known as William Albert Haynes Jr., 70, was charged with murder on Wednesday following an incident earlier this month in which he allegedly shot and killed his wife inside their Portland, Oregon, home.

Haynes was released from the hospital. Then, he was transferred to Multnomah County Detention Center on an arrest warrant, as announced by the Portland Police Bureau.

He faces charges of murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in the killing of Janette Becraft, 85, on Feb. 8, as the New York Post reported.

Incident Details: Haynes' Arrest and Becraft's Death

Portland police were called to respond to reports of gunfire, shortly after 9:50 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 8. This was heard on the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue in the Lents neighborhood.

Law enforcement eventually apprehended Haynes, following a two-hour standoff with SWAT teams.

Officers discovered Becraft deceased inside the residence.

Her death was determined to be a homicide. A gunshot wound was seen.

Haynes was then transported to a nearby hospital. He received treatment for a medical issue unrelated to the homicide or his encounter with law enforcement, as stated in an earlier police report.

The former wrestler had been childhood friends with Becraft's son, Tod.

Haynes was previously married to wrestling manager Janine Clark. Clark was known as Lady Blossom, in 1983. However, the marriage ended in divorce a year later.

In 2022, he wed Becraft, his fourth spouse. Following her first husband's passing, Becraft married Haynes.

A Life in and out of the Ring

Billy Jack Haynes's journey from the wrestling ring to the courtroom is as complex as controversial.

Haynes is A native of the Pacific Northwest. He's  wrestling career spanned 15 years. Originally, he had notable stints in various circuits across the region and Florida. Fortunately, he made a significant leap to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1986.

His participation in Wrestlemania III and matches against wrestling greats like Ric Flair and Randy Savage highlighted his tenure in the sport.

However, legal troubles and health concerns marred his post-life retirement. His involvement with illegal activities and a lawsuit against WWE for neglecting wrestlers' health were some of them. Ultimately, the US Supreme Court dismissed them in 2021.

Social Media Tribute

The news of Janette Becraft's death has left her family in profound grief. Kim Becraft Finlay, her daughter, offered a touching tribute on social media. This underscores the personal loss felt by those close to Janette Becraft.

"You are now flying with the angels," she wrote. "They are lucky to have such a beautiful soul. Love you, Mom."