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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A Williamson County judge on Thursday reduced the bond of a Brentwood man accused of killing his wife at their home in the Governor's Club.
General Sessions Judge Al Nations reduced the bond for Randolph Maidens, 42, to $750,000. Bond was initially set at $2.5 million in connection with the murder of Dr. Rachel Maidens, a Brentwood orthodontist.
At today's preliminary hearing, police testified about what they found when initially entering the Maidens' home on a welfare check, saying the situation was tense and unpredictable.
Brentwood Police Ofc. Austin Kerr said he called out to ask if anybody was home, and the only response came from the couple's 2-year-old daughter still in her bedroom.
"We immediately heard a baby say distinctly, 'I'm here. I'm here,'" Kerr said. "The only thing she would say was 'Daddy gone, daddy gone.'"
After removing the child from the house, the officers returned and were standing at a balcony when they noticed what looked like a body wrapped in a blanket.
It was Rachael Maidens, who was dead from multiple gunshots.
A shotgun lay on the couch, and someone had started to clean up the blood. It looked like an attempt to hide the murder, they said.
But, investigators said Randy Maidens apparently changed his mind and instead wrote an apology note, left it on the kitchen counter and fled.
"The contents was basically an apology note and expressed regret for what happened," said Brentwood Police Lt. John Wood.
Randy Maidens was on the run overnight until he walked back to his home as officers were still at the scene the next morning.
Police said he went out of his way to show he was not armed. He had more than $80,000 in his car but not his passport.
In court Thursday, Randy Maidens' lawyer, David Raybin, argued that his client would not be a flight risk if he didn't take his passport.
The judge agreed and slashed the bond from $2.5 million to $750,000.
Rachel Maidens' family in the courtroom appeared clearly stunned that a man who had allegedly exhibited weeks of crazy, erratic behavior and later allegedly admitted he killed his wife could now be a free man as soon as Friday.
Randy Maidens needs only to provide $75,000 to make bail.
District Attorney Kim Helper argued Randy Maidens has no ties to the community and has proven he is a dangerous and unstable man.
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