When Renee Dean’s phone rang early Thursday, she knew something was wrong.
It was her husband, former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, telling her his writ of habeas corpus was denied by a south Georgia judge.
“He was devastated,” Renee Dean said, adding his whole family is as well.
The writ, filed on his behalf, alleges he’s an innocent man being held in prison illegally, a violation of his Constitutional rights. The hearing was in December and Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Robert F. Russell III signed the order on Nov. 3.