(GoRealNewsNow.com) – One of the best-known wrestling stars of his generation has been arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.
The retired wrestler Billy Jack Haynes faced off against icons like Ric Flair and Randy Savage during his career that spanned nearly 15 years. Last Thursday in their Oregon home, an incident led to the fatal shooting of his wife.
The police were called to their house in the Portland neighborhood of Lents at around 10 a.m. on Feb. 8 after reports of gunfire. Haynes, 70, was found inside, refusing to exit. After a standoff lasting two hours, SWAT teams managed to take him into custody without further issues.
Inside, officers discovered his wife, Janette Becraft, 85, dead. Haynes is now in a local hospital under police watch. He is getting treatment for a condition that’s not related to the homicide or his standoff with police. “Once he is released from the hospital, which may be days from now, he is expected to be booked into jail. Haynes’ charges will be released once he is booked,” the police shared following the arrest.
Neighbors remember the couple fondly noting Haynes’s enthusiasm for sharing stories from his wrestling days. “It’s just a huge tragedy,” said Brelynn Matthieu, a neighbor and long-time friend. “I was pretty decently close to both of them and loved them very much. It’s a really sad day, all around.” Becraft had been married to Haynes for years, following the death of her first husband. She and Haynes shared a close bond with her son from a previous relationship having grown up alongside Haynes.
Kim Becraft, the victim’s daughter mourned her mother on Facebook: “You are now flying with the angels. They are lucky to have such a beautiful soul. Love you Mom.”
Haynes, who left the wrestling ring in 1995, is well-remembered for his time in the World Wrestling Federation, especially his participation in Wrestlemania III.
Post-retirement, he’s been open about his past, including his involvement in cocaine trafficking and his unverified claims of witnessing a crime in 1987.
His legal battle against World Wrestling Entertainment over head injuries ended poorly in 2021 when the Supreme Court declined the case.