Former Wrestling Star Arrested For Murder

( – On Thursday, February 8, former professional wrestler Billy Jack Haynes, 70, was arrested by Portland police in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, Janette Becraft, 85. The incident occurred shortly after 10:00 AM at their home in the Lents neighborhood.

Police responded to reports of gunshots and found Haynes barricaded inside the residence. After a two-hour standoff with SWAT teams, Haynes surrendered peacefully. Officers tragically discovered Becraft deceased inside the home.

The Portland Police Bureau has confirmed that Haynes is currently in police custody at a local hospital, receiving treatment for a medical condition unrelated to the incident. They stated that once medically cleared, formal charges would be filed, and he would be jailed.

Meanwhile, the news of the tragic incident sent shockwaves through the wrestling community and the Portland neighborhood where the couple resided. Longtime friend and neighbor Brelynn Matthieu described Haynes as someone who readily shared stories of his wrestling days and said the tragedy was sad.

Reports indicate that Janette Becraft’s son from a previous marriage, Tod Becraft, was also a childhood friend of Haynes before the wrestler married his mother, 15 years his senior. Following the news of her death, Becraft’s daughter, Kim Becraft, expressed her love and grief, mentioning that her mother was now “flying with the angels” and remarking that they were fortunate to have had her in their lives.

Haynes, best known for his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1986 to 1988, earned a coveted spot on the iconic 1987 Wrestlemania III card. He eventually retired in 1995 after brief spells in smaller promotions.

Haynes’ life outside the ring was not without controversy. He admitted to involvement in cocaine trafficking during the 1980s and, in 2018, claimed to have witnessed the brutal death of two teenagers in Arkansas, allegedly at the hands of corrupt police. These claims were never verified.

In a 2014 lawsuit dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2021, Haynes joined other former wrestlers in an unsuccessful lawsuit against Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, alleging the company did not protect them from head injuries sustained during their prime.

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