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 stated he shot and killed his spouse, Janette Becraft, 85, within the Lents neighborhood of southeast Portland.
At the height of his profession, wrestling as Billy Jack Haynes, he confronted Randy “Macho Man” Savage and in 1987 went in opposition to Hercules Hernandez in WrestleMania III.
After his arrest, the Portland Police Bureau stated Mr. Haynes was taken to a hospital to get therapy for a medical situation that was “unrelated to the murder or his contact with legislation enforcement,” including that his keep might final “days.”
He was anticipated to be booked into jail and formally charged upon his launch from the hospital, the police stated Saturday. It was unclear if Mr. Haynes had obtained a lawyer.
Just earlier than 10 a.m. on Feb. 8, the police responded to a report of a capturing on the house. Officers made contact with Mr. Haynes, who was inside the house and was uncooperative, they stated. After negotiations, officers arrested him and located Ms. Becraft dead inside.
Sgt. Kevin Allen, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, stated there have been no updates Sunday night and declined to elaborate on the character of Mr. Haynes’s medical situation.
Brelynn Matthieu, a neighbor, instructed FOX 12 Oregon that she knew the couple properly and that she had just lately been staying with Ms. Becraft, who had dementia, whereas Mr. Haynes recovered within the hospital from a rib damage sustained throughout a fall.
Mr. Haynes, of Portland, debuted within the W.W.F., which is at the moment known as World Wrestling Entertainment, in 1986, based on the guide “WWE Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment.”
Mr. Haynes was a plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit filed in opposition to the W.W.E. in 2016. The go well with claimed that the group had mistreated its wrestlers by denying and concealing medical analysis concerning the traumatic mind accidents they suffered.
The go well with additional claimed that the W.W.E. had “disavowed, hid and prevented” medical take care of such accidents.