UPDATE: High-profile attorney to represent Maidens; bond remains at $2.5m


UPDATE: High-profile attorney to represent Maidens; bond remains at $2.5m

By RICHEL ALBRIGHT

Updated 6 p.m. Thursday
A high-profile Nashville attorney has confirmed that he will represent Governors Club murder suspect Randolph Maidens in court.

David Raybin, of Hollins, Raybin and Weissman, PC, told BHP on Thursday that he will represent Maidens.  He said that Sandra Wells, a Franklin attorney, would serve as his co-counsel during the trial.

David Raybin, of Hollins, Raybin and Weissman, PC, told BHP on Thursday that he will represent Maidens.  He said that Sandra Wells, a Franklin attorney, would serve as his co-counsel during the trial.

Raybin has represented clients such as former Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley, who was on trial for drug charges after his 2007 arrest. 

Maidens, who surrendered to police Monday morning, is charged with murder and reckless homicide after his wife, Rachael, 34, was found dead Sunday night in their Brentwood home.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 9 a.m. in the Williamson County Courthouse.

On Wednesday, Williamson County Judge Al Nations ruled  that Maidens’ bond will remain at $2.5 million. 

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Maidens, who is charged with murder, reckless homicide for the shooting death of his wife Dr. Rachael Maidens, surrendered to police early Monday morning.

Brentwood Police, as well as officials from other law enforcement agencies, went on an overnight manhunt after Rachael Maidens was found dead in their home on Sunday. 

District Attorney Kim Helper said Maidens will remain in jail unless he is able to post the bond. 

In an update to the developments reported by Brentwood Home Page Sunday night, early Monday morning and Tuesday, Brentwood Home Page has learned a few more details regarding the crime and investigation.

Randolph Maidens was unarmed at the time of his arrest, Brentwood Asst. Police Chief Thomas Walsh said. “He was cooperative with our officers,” Walsh added of Maidens’ demeanor when taken into custody . He could not say if the weapon was recovered or if other weapons were found in the Maidens’ Governors Club home.

He added that the Maidens’ two dogs were picked up, unharmed and in good condition, by a local pet care company.

Asked about reports of previous threats he made against his wife in the past four to six weeks, Walsh said that too remains under investigation.

The search that shut down the gated community even to residents was extensive, Walsh said, who added reports that there were wooded area  directly behind the Maidens’ home were not true.

“The area was searched by our officers, a THP helicopter, a Franklin PD K-9 and Williamson County SWAT. As I’m sure you know the Governors Club is a large development with an 18-hole golf course. We had a very large area to cover.”

Communication within the Governors Club about what was happening was primarily shared between residents via emails, text and social media. “We did  issue a reverse 911 phone call to the residences in the Governors Club with information on the search for the suspect,” Walsh said. The emergency alert system NIXLE alert was not sent out, he said, because NIXLE requires residents to register in order to receive alerts.

“The reverse 911 call reached most of the residents and was much more reliable than NIXLE in this case,” Walsh said. (All Brentwood residents are encouraged to sign up for Smart 911 and NIXLE. Click here for details.) 

The police department completed its investigation at the residence at approximately 9 pm Monday night.

“Our staff did a great job under difficult circumstances,” Walsh said. “We are thankful for the assistance of Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, THP and Franklin Police Department. Their assistance was extremely helpful.

Richel Albright is a reporter with Brentwood Home Page. She can be contacted at richel@brentwoodhomepage.com or you can follow her on Twitter @rwalbright.

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