Former professional wrestler Billy Jack Haynes is accused of shooting his wife in Portland

A former professional wrestler has been accused of shooting his wife in Portland, Oregon, police said.

William Albert Haynes Jr., 70, is in police custody at a hospital where he is being treated for an illness unrelated to the shooting, the Portland Police Bureau said in an update Saturday.

Haynes, known as Billy Jack Haynes, was a prominent figure in national wrestling in the ’80s. He was a professional in the World Wrestling Federation — which later became the entertainment juggernaut WWE — and appeared at Wrestlemania III, NBC News affiliate Portland KGW reported.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting Thursday morning at a home in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue in the Lents neighborhood. A “potential suspect” inside the home was uncooperative, said police, who set up a security perimeter in the area and asked residents to “remain protected inside the home at this time and keep the doors locked.”

Janette Becraft, the wife of William Albert Haynes Jr., also known as Billy Jack Haynes, was found shot to death in her home.Portland Police Bureau

A deceased victim, 85-year-old Janette Becraft, was found inside the home.


“The coroner determined that Becraft died of a homicide from a gunshot wound,” police said in an update.

Becraft’s husband, Haynes Jr., was taken into custody in connection with her death. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be sent to prison and his defendants will be released, police said.

It is currently unclear if Haynes Jr. has an attorney.

Source: www.nbcnews.com

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