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Former W.W.F. Wrestler Arrested in Spouse’s Homicide

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William Albert “Billy Jack” Haynes Jr., who within the Nineteen Eighties competed within the World Wrestling Federation, was arrested within the killing of his spouse at a house in Portland, Ore., on Thursday after a standoff with police.

The authorities publicly recognized Mr. Haynes, 70, on Saturday, days after the police mentioned he shot and killed his spouse, Janette Becraft, 85, within the Lents neighborhood of southeast Portland.

On the peak of his profession, wrestling as Billy Jack Haynes, he confronted Randy “Macho Man” Savage and in 1987 went towards Hercules Hernandez in WrestleMania III.

After his arrest, the Portland Police Bureau mentioned Mr. Haynes was taken to a hospital to get therapy for a medical situation that was “unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement,” including that his keep may final “days.”

He was anticipated to be booked into jail and formally charged upon his launch from the hospital, the police mentioned Saturday. It was unclear if Mr. Haynes had obtained a lawyer.

Simply earlier than 10 a.m. on Feb. 8, the police responded to a report of a taking pictures on the house. Officers made contact with Mr. Haynes, who was inside the house and was uncooperative, they mentioned. After negotiations, officers arrested him and located Ms. Becraft lifeless inside.

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, mentioned there have been no updates Sunday night and declined to elaborate on the character of Mr. Haynes’s medical situation.

Brelynn Matthieu, a neighbor, told FOX 12 Oregon that she knew the couple nicely and that she had lately been staying with Ms. Becraft, who had dementia, whereas Mr. Haynes recovered within the hospital from a rib harm sustained throughout a fall.

Mr. Haynes, of Portland, debuted within the W.W.F., which is right this moment known as World Wrestling Leisure, in 1986, in keeping with the ebook “WWE Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment.”

Mr. Haynes was a plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit filed towards the W.W.E. in 2016. The swimsuit claimed that the group had mistreated its wrestlers by denying and concealing medical analysis concerning the traumatic mind accidents they suffered.

The swimsuit additional claimed that the W.W.E. had “disavowed, hid and prevented” medical take care of such accidents.