Flurry of developments Wednesday in orthodontist murder case
April 24, 2013 5:30 PM
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
The Maidens' home in the Governors Club community in Brentwood.
Dr. Rachael Maidens was found dead on Sunday evening inside a home in the Governor's Club.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
There were a flurry of developments Wednesday in Brentwood's orthodontist murder case that include the suspect meeting with a high profile defense firm, being called a "flight risk" and sympathy for the victim's family from his former employer.
The developments in the murder of Dr. Rachael Maidens began early Wednesday morning and continued late into the afternoon with word that her husband Randolph "Randy" Maidens was meeting with a defense team that has represented clients in some of Tennessee's most notorious murder cases.
Fletcher Long and John Herbison have confirmed to Nashville's News 2 that they are talking with Maidens who has been at the Williamson County Jail since being charged with his wife's shooting death on Monday.
Herbison's clients have included Perry March, the Nashville lawyer convicted of killing his wife in 2006, and Byron "Low Tax" Looper, who was the Putnam County Property Assessor when he was convicted of killing his political opponent, State Senator Tommy Burks, in 1996.
At one point in the March case, Fletcher Long represented March's father, Arthur, who was also implicated by prosecutors.
On Wednesday, Maiden was denied a reduction of his $2.5 million bond after being called a "flight risk" by District Attorney General Kim Helper, who will be prosecuting the case.
During the hearing at the Williamson County Judicial Center, DA Helper told Williamson County General Sessions Judge Al Nations that Randy Maidens was a flight risk because police discovered "substantial amounts of cash in his car" after his wife Rachael was found dead on Sunday at the couple's home in the exclusive Governors Club community of Brentwood.
She said another reason that Maidens' bond should not be lowered was that "he does not have family in the immediate area," and that he "travels a lot."
Despite saying he "can't remember a bond this high," Judge Nations kept the bond at $2.5 million "for now."
Maidens did not have an attorney with him, nor did he indicate that he had one at the time of the 8:30 a.m. hearing.
Along with responding "Yes, sir" to questions of identification from judge, they were the first public words from Maidens since giving up to police early Monday morning on the Governors Club grounds after an all-night search.
Despite words of the unspecified amount of "substantial cash in his car," Maidens filed an Affidavit of Indigency with the court.
"I am still trying to contact some family members to find out what my financial resources are," Maidens said via closed circuit from the Williamson County Jail to the General Sessions court.
In his indigency request, which would give him a court-appointed lawyer if granted, Maidens said he made $3,000 weekly at a biotech firm called Dendreon.
The company, in an email to Nashville's News 2 today, said, "We extend our sympathies and thoughts to the victim's family surrounding this tragic event. While we don't typically comment on personnel matters, the person in question is no longer an employee of Dendreon."
Maidens' indigent statement indicated that his other assets included "$200,000 in a 401K, $70,000 in checking and money markets, a $50,000 2013 Infinity," and "$375,000" left on the couple's "$900,000" home in the Governors Club.
Like the bond reduction, the judge denied Maidens' request for indigency.
The judge also indicated that as a condition of any bond, Maidens would have to surrender his passport.
Depending on his bond situation, and the hiring of an attorney, Maidens could be back in court as early as next Wednesday.
In the meantime, both District Attorney Helper and Brentwood police have said nothing about the investigation as far as motive or even the type of weapon used in the murder.