Orthodontist murder suspect's bond lowered to $750K
May 23, 2013 06:49 PM
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Dr. Rachael Maidens was found dead in the couple's home April 21.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -
After a dramatic hour long hearing with new revelations in the case, a Williamson County judge Thursday lowered the $2.5 million bond to $750,000 for the Brentwood man accused of killing his orthodontist wife.
Judge Al Nations also found probable cause to turn the case of Randolph "Randy" Maidens over to the Williamson County Grand Jury.
It was the first time police investigators had testified about what happened on the Sunday evening of April 21 when they found the body of Dr. Rachael Maidens at the exclusive Governors Club home she shared with her husband.
Brentwood police officer Austin Kern was the first investigator called by local district attorney Kim Helper, who is directly prosecuting the high-profile murder case.
While on the stand, Kern said upon entering through an unlocked door in the garage, "We repeatedly announced ourselves as Brentwood PD and hollered for Rachael and Randolph."
Police had previously said that Dr. Maidens family had asked for officers to go by the couple's home to make what had been termed "a welfare check" on the 34-year-old orthodontist.
Officer Kern went on to testify that he heard a child respond, saying "I am here" multiple times.
Randolph and Rachel's two-year-old daughter, Natalie, was quickly found in a crib. Kern testified the young child told them, "Daddy gone" several times.
He indicated he and other officers arriving at the time could not find Randy Maidens in the home.
After the two-year-old was safely given to another officer, Kern said he noticed something on the first floor of the home.
"That's when I observed blood splattered on the wall and a shotgun on the couch, and I saw what appeared to be a body in a blanket," he told the court.
A second witness, Brentwood Police Lieutenant John Wood, then testified that the "deceased female in the blanket" had "multiple gunshot wounds."
Upon further questioning by DA Helper, Lt. Wood found what he called "an apology note" inside the couple's kitchen "expressing regret."
The investigator said the note "indicated Mr. Maidens may be responsible" for his wife's death and their daughter Natalie should go to the care of Dr. Maiden's mother.
Lt. Wood also told the court $87,200 was found in Randy Maidens car, but he revealed that several much lesser amounts of cash were found around the couple's home when questioned by defense attorney David Raybin.
The lieutenant also testified to a prior threat made by Randy against his wife while at a conference in Orlando, Florida.
Lt. Wood said witnesses at an Orlando hotel told him Maidens was "disorderly, intoxicated and attempted to pick a fight with several other patrons there" who did not know him.
The Brentwood officer cited three witnesses at the hotel who said Maidens told them "he just wanted to kill his wife."
The court appearance served as both a preliminary examination to see if there was enough evidence to bound the case over to a grand jury and a hearing for a defense request to reduce Maiden's bond.
While DA Helper argued to keep the bond at $2.5 million because she termed Maidens a "flight risk," defense attorney Raybin countered that Maiden never took his passport out of the couple home.
Maiden's sister, Linda Desmond of Roswell, Georgia, testified briefly about her brothers work history and education.
She was at the hearing with a woman who identified herself to Nashville's News 2 as Randy Maiden's mother.
While lowering the bond to $750,000, Judge Nations attached numerous restrictions to it such as surrendering the passport, no flying and no contact with Rachael's family.
Arraignment on the case is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 24.
Randolph surrendered into police custody on the grounds of the Governors Club April 22 after authorities searched the community for nearly 12 hours.