Ex-WWE star to go on trial over wife’s alleged murder

The former wrestler is facing a second-degree murder charge

By Web Desk
March 03, 2024
Former WWE wrestler William “Billy Jack” Haynes. — WWE

Former WWE star William “Billy Jack” Haynes appeared in court this week following the death of his wife Janette Becraft, who was found dead with a gunshot wound in February.

Haynes was taken into police custody right after the death of his wife. Multiple outlets have reported that the former WWE star was not cooperative with the police.

As per Oregon’s FOX 12, Haynes is likely to be charged with a second-degree murder charge along with an unlawful use of a weapon inside a house. A trial date has been set for April 11.

Remember, Haynes’ wife was discovered deceased in the couple’s Lents residence in February following a tense standoff involving Haynes, who was identified by authorities.

Residents in the vicinity were instructed to take shelter as police endeavoured to negotiate Haynes's surrender, suspecting he may have still been armed.

Becraft’s body was located after officers managed to enter the property. While no further details were disclosed regarding the events leading up to her death, police confirmed that she had sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

Brilynn Matthieu, a resident who shares the same house with Haynes and Becraft, revealed to The Oregonian that she had occasionally assisted Haynes in caring for Becraft, who was suffering from dementia.

She mentioned that the former wrestler had fallen and injured himself on Tuesday (February 7) but left the hospital before receiving treatment for his injuries, as he was deeply concerned about his wife's condition.

“He came back and told her, ‘You know I couldn’t be away from you,’” she was quoted as saying. “And she just rolled her eyes in a cute little way.”

Her father, Thomas Matthieu, expressed shock at the tragic turn of events, noting that Haynes and Becraft “adored each other” and were “inseparable.”

“Everywhere they went they were hand in hand. It’s surreal,” he said.

Other neighbours interviewed by the newspaper expressed shock at Becraft’s tragic death, noting that they had never observed any signs of trouble between the couple.

Haynes rose to prominence in the wrestling world during the late 1980s and was involved in a class-action lawsuit against the WWE in 2014, alleging the company's failure to safeguard wrestlers against repeated head injuries. However, the lawsuit was dismissed in 2019.