Editor’s Note: This is the first in a five-part series of the five most-read stories on Brentwood Home Page since it began in 2009, in observance of our fifth anniversary. The four most widely read stories in the last five years were related to this tragic story. First in readership was Rachael Maiden’s news obituary which had over 30,000 pageviews and second was the breaking story we began on a Sunday night, April 21, 2013 and ended on Monday morning, April 22.
A violent crime in April 2013 shook the City of Brentwood when police charged a local man with the shotgun homicide of his well-known dentist wife in their Governors Club mansion.
When police responded to a call for a welfare check at the home of Randy and Rachael Maidens on the evening of April 21, 2013, they found the body of local orthodontist Rachael Maidens, 34. She had been shot to death, a subsequent autopsy confirmed.
Brentwood officer Austin Kern, one of the responders to the scene, later testified in court that he saw a blood spatter on the wall downstairs in the house, a shotgun on the couch, and a body wrapped in a blanket.
The Maidens’ two-year-old daughter was found unharmed in her crib at the Maidens’ home and is now cared for by relatives.
Randy Maidens, 42 at the time, was not in the house when police arrived and his absence prompted an all-night Governors Club manhunt by Brentwood police, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, and two K-9 units.
During that time, the crime scene was sealed and no one was allowed in or out of the posh gated east Brentwood neighborhood.
An unarmed Randy Maidens surrendered to Brentwood police just after 6 a.m. on April 22 when he returned to his home on foot.
He was booked into Williamson County Jail and held in lieu of posting a $2.5 million bond. Maidens was later released when the bond was reduced to $750,000 after a judge ruled the former amount was equivalent to having no bond at all.
Maidens – a former employee at Dendreon Corp., a biotechnical company focused on cancer research – had another run-in with Nashville police in December 2013 after trying to enter several Bellevue apartments while intoxicated.
Metro authorities said when they arrived at Amberwood Circle, Maidens was found outside in the snow. He was booked on charges of public intoxication and posted a bond. Those charges eventually were dropped and Maiden was freed.
Maidens remains free on bond as he awaits his Sept. 29 trial in Williamson County on charges of first-degree murder. Noted Nashville defense attorney David Raybin represents him.
These are the story links related to this storyline:
|Jan. 10, 2014||DA Helper discusses Maidens’ revoked bond|
|Jan. 7, 2014||Maidens back behind bars until September trial|
|Dec. 12, 2013||DA files motion to revoke Maidens’ bond after arrest|
|Dec. 9, 2013||Please ‘Say Yes’ to supporting Brentwood Home Page|
|Dec. 9, 2013||Trial date for Governors Club murder set for Sept. 29|
|Nov. 25, 2013||Maidens in court to set date for hearing|
|Nov. 7, 2013||First review set for Tuesday in Maidens murder case|
|July 29, 2013||Attorney: Maidens has ‘no intention’ of returning to Governors Club home|
|July 24, 2013||Previous order bars Maidens from Governors Club home|
|June 25, 2013||Maidens pleads not guilty on all charges, not permitted into Governors Club|
|June 24, 2013||Contempt charges against murder suspect dismissed|
|June 7, 2013||Family of slain orthodontist files restraining order against Maidens|
|June 4, 2013||Maidens released; Governors Club HOA notified|
|May 23, 2013||UPDATE: Maidens remains in jail after bond reduced|
|May 1, 2013||Maidens in court; former co-workers share details of recent troubles|
|May 1, 2013||Maidens preliminary hearing rescheduled|
|April 26, 2013||Maidens’ employer releases statement|
|April 25, 2013||High-profile attorney to represent Maidens in murder trial|
|April 24, 2013||Randolph Maidens bond remains at $2.5 million; more details on murder|
|April 22, 2013||Murder victim Dr. Rachael Maidens, an accomplished young woman|
|April 22, 2013||Maidens charged with murder; held on $2.5 million bond|
|April 22, 2013||Commissioners’ hearts heavy during Monday meeting|
|April 21, 2013||MAIDENS ARRESTED: Manhunt over; Governors Club murder suspect in custody|
Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_NHP.