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Judge refuses to lower bond of Brentwood man accused of killing wife

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Memorial outside office of Dr. Rachael Maidens Memorial outside office of Dr. Rachael Maidens
BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

A Williamson County judge refused Wednesday to lower the $2.5 million bond of a Brentwood man accused of killing his wife inside The Governor's Club on Sunday.

Randolph "Randy" Maidens, 42, was arrested Monday morning and charged in the death of Dr. Rachael Frisbie Maidens at the couple's home.

Randy Maidens made a brief court appearance Wednesday via video conference, and the judge decided not to drop the $2.5 million bond.

"You, obviously, have the right to an attorney, and you need to have an attorney. The seriousness of the charges, there's no doubt about that," the judge said.

Court documents reveal Randy Maidens may not be able to post bond despite owning a house worth $900,000.

He also cited a $3,000-a-week job, a car worth $50,000 and a retirement fund worth $200,000 and indicated he might hire a private attorney.

"I'm still trying to contact some more family members to find out exactly what my financial resources are," Randy Maidens said.

Either way, prosecutors consider him a flight risk and fought to keep the steep bond amount.

The judge agreed, as the district attorney also revealed a new key detail in the case.

"During the course of their investigation, the Brentwood Police Department discovered a pretty substantial amount of cash in the defendant's vehicle," said District Attorney General Kim Helper. "Also during the course of their investigation, it is apparent or it appears that the defendant does not have any immediate family members that are in the community - as well as he apparently travels a fair amount, so the state's concern would be that he would flee this jurisdiction."

Nashville attorneys Fletcher Long and John Herbison have visited Randy Maidens at the jail. That legal team previously handled the high-profile cases of Perry March and Jason Burdick - the so-called "Wooded Rapist."

Randy Maidens is set to appear again in court next week. If he manages to make his $2.5 million bond, he must surrender his passport.

Brentwood man accused of killing wife

Randolph Maidens, 42, appeared before a Williamson County magistrate Monday after he was accused of murdering his wife, Dr. Rachael Maidens.

Authorities said they received a welfare check call at the couple's home just before 6 p.m. Sunday where she was found shot to death.

The couple's 2-year-old child was found unhurt inside the home.

Randolph Maidens was arrested about 6 a.m. Monday when he walked out of the woods and into his backyard, where police ordered him to the ground.

"We are extremely relieved that we found him this early before most people were up and headed for work and before school starts. I understand that we have buses come through here in The Governor's Club. It's very comforting to know that we have him in custody," said Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes.

Police said they do not have any knowledge of previous domestic violence between the couple.

Dr. Rachael Maiden's orthodontic office was locked Monday and a sign posted outside said "Closed due to a family tragedy."

Flowers at the front door marked a makeshift tribute from patients and friends, including one young lady who knew the couple and said she was shocked by the death.

Eryn Moses knew Rachael Maidens first as her orthodontist, then when Rachael and her husband had their baby daughter. Eryn became their nanny four days a week.

"He did work at home. He was at the house with me a lot of the time. He would make me lunch, and he was very nice. I never saw any problems," Moses said.

Rachael Maidens was Middle Tennessee native, graduating in 1996 from Father Ryan High School.

She went on to college in Florida then married Randolph. The two lived in Georgia while waiting for their home in the Governor's Club to be built.

Rachael Maiden also worked at a second orthodontist practice in east Tennessee, Signal Mountain.

Their babysitter said Rachael Maiden was one of the funniest people she's ever met.

"Bubbly personality - she would walk in and light the place up," Moses said.

Moses said the couple was crazy about their 2-year-old daughter.

"They were so full of love, especially after they had Natalie," Moses said. "They were so happy when I was around them - the picture-perfect couple. I never would have expected anything like this."

Randolph Maidens is jailed on $2.5 million bond. The magistrate set his first court appearance for May 2 in Williamson County General Sessions Court.

DUI wreck knocks out power

The Maidens' marriage may have seemed picture perfect, but neighbors said there were definitely problems, including when a wreck involving Randolph Maidens caused a power outage in the entire neighborhood.

A single-car crash on Feb. 23 knocked out a transformer, and the investigating officer said Randolph Maidens was charged with DUI after he found him bleary-eyed and uncooperative.

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