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Former professional wrestler William “Billy Jack” Haynes in custody after wife found dead in Oregon home

Former professional wrestler William Albert “Billy Jack” Haynes Jr. was taken into custody in connection with the death of his wife in Portland, authorities said.

Portland police said in a statement that Haynes, 70, was in custody at a local hospital, where he was receiving treatment “for a medical condition unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement.” order”.

In this image provided by the State Archives of Florida, professional wrestler William Albert “Billy Jack” Haynes Jr. poses for a photo on September 10, 1984 in Tallahassee.

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Police said charges will be announced when Haynes is in custody.

Haynes was identified by police as the suspect in the fatal shooting of 85-year-old Janette Becraft. Police said they responded Thursday to reports of a shooting in a Portland neighborhood and requested help from special teams, including crisis negotiators. CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reported that Haynes was arrested two hours into two hours of negotiations. Police found Becraft dead inside the home.

A police spokesperson did not respond Monday to questions about the case, including whether Haynes had been released from the hospital, citing the ongoing investigation. It was unclear whether Haynes had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Police said Becraft’s family asked for privacy.

Neighbor Brelynn Matthieu told KOIN-TV she knew the couple.

“It’s just a huge tragedy. I was pretty close to both of them and I loved them a lot. It’s a really sad day, all around,” Matthew said.


Haynes played the role of Billy Jack Haynes during a career that included participation in the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment. A professional wrestling website said Haynes had a checkered career, wrestling such well-known figures as Ric Flair and Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the 1980s.

β€œHe was telling me all kinds of stories about the old wrestling and I told him how I was going to see him,” neighbor Steve Odry told KOIN-TV.

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