Reynolds told Sheriff's investigators a man broke into his home two weeks ago here in Sherburne.
He said he shot the man in self defense.
The body was found buried across the road from Reynolds home.
It turned out to be 32 year old Joshua Richheimer, who had been reported missing from Otsego County.
Reynolds and his neighbor were charged with tampering with evidence.
Investigators say 21 year old Nicholas Simonds helped bury the body.
The Chenango County District Attorney is deciding whether to file more charges against the men.
Also charged in the case is 46 year old James Bush of Norwich.
The Sheriff's office believes he drove Richheimer to Reynolds home with the intent to steal money and drugs.