Apparently, he tried to cover up for a deputy who allegedly shot up the house of his wife’s lover:
(Sheriff Rudy) Eller asked the GBI to investigate and subsequently (Chief Deputy Eddie) Osborn and Towns County Deputy Jesse Gibson were arrested.
But as the GBI was doing its investigation, Osborn tried to convince agents that he didn’t have the gun linked to the bullets that had been recovered.
Osborn reportedly said the sheriff had kept the .40-caliber semi-automatic for several months and Eller backed him up.
The sheriff eventually changed his story, admitting that he did not have the gun before the shooting and he agreed to help Eller “hide it.” Eller allegedly told the GBI he cleaned the gun and then used duct tape to hide it in a secret compartment in his bedroom dresser.
Eller told agents he knew who had shot at Dean’s house even before he called in the GBI.