Former pro wrestler Billy Jack Haynes arrested, expected to be charged for the murder of his wife


Local police have identified the suspect as William Albert Haynes, Jr, 70, of Portland.

Haynes is in police custody at a local hospital while being treated for a medical condition unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement. Once he is released from the hospital, which could be several days from now, he is expected to be booked into the local jail. Haynes’ charges will be released once he is booked.

Source: PWInsider


Original story published 1:50 PM ET

According to KOIN 6 and FOX 12 in Portland, Oregon, an arrest has been made after local police ordered residents in the Lents neighborhood to shelter in place this past Thursday, morning due to a reported fatal shooting, according to Portland police.

Neither KOIN 6, FOX 12 or the Portland Police Bureau have not provided the identification of the suspect. The PPB does note that the name pf suspect, who is in custody, will be made public upon formal charging. Neighbors said the suspect is a former pro wrestler who lives at the home with his wife.

However, PWInsider is reporting the suspect is William Albert Haynes III, who wrestled under the in-ring name of Billy Jack Haynes in the Portland territory, WWF and in WCW as masked star Black Blood. He also performed in WCCW, the Florida territory, and Jim Crocket’s NWA.

Sgt. Kevin Allen gave the following statement to PWInsider:

“I can confirm that the man we detained last night remains in police custody this morning. He has not been booked into jail or charged with a crime, so we are not releasing his name at this time. I’m in communication with detectives and we will update the news release as soon as there is a development to report.” 

The Portland Police Bureau, per their website, has identified the victim as 85-year old Janette Becraft of Portland. The Medical Examiner’s Office said that Becraft died of a gunshot would. The family has been notified and is asking for privacy at this time.

Per KOIN 6, local police reported of responding to a possible shooting at 6000 SE 100th Avenue around 9:52 am local time. They noted that they attempted to contact inside had “not cooperated with officers” and may have been armed. The local police also noted that the standoff lasted for several hours. A tactical team with PPB said that the man “eventually came out” of the home and was detained two hours later.

Brilynn Matthieu, who is the daughter of the suspect, and lives in the unit next door told told FOX 12 Oregon, “It’s my dad and I live and help take care of them. Recently, I was just taking care of his wife who had ongoing dementia,” Matthieu said. “I was pretty decently close to both of them and loved them very much.”

Anyone with information about this case, who has not spoken with police, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at 503-823-0395 and reference case number 24-31552.