HomeCrimeEx-pro wrestler 'Billy Jack' Haynes accused of killing wife

Ex-pro wrestler ‘Billy Jack’ Haynes accused of killing wife

Billy Jack Haynes kills wife

Wrestling Superstar Billy Jack Haynes attends the Big Event at the LaGuardia Plaza on March 9, 2019 in Flushing, New York. (Credit: George Napolitano/MediaPunch /IPX). On Feb. 8, 2024, Haynes is a accused of shooting and killing his 85-year-old wife, Janette Becraft, at their home in Portland, Oregon. (Becraft: Portland Police Bureau)

A retired professional wrestler known as “Billy Jack” Haynes is accused of shooting and killing his 85-year-old wife at their home in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Police Bureau officers responded just before 10 a.m. Thursday to a report of a shooting at a house in the 600 block of Southeast 100th Avenue, a press release said. Police made contact with the suspect, later identified as 70-year-old William “Billy Jack” Haynes, Jr., but he did not cooperate and instead barricaded himself in the home, they said.

Cops called in the Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team to take the suspect into custody. The incident turned into an hours-long standoff with police asking neighbors to lock doors and shelter in place, but Haynes eventually gave himself up. Officers went inside the home where they found Haynes’ wife, 85-year-old Janette Becraft, dead from a gunshot wound.

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