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Son of former Bush adviser charged in Gaithersburg hatchet slaying
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The son of a former adviser to President George W. Bush was charged Friday with the murder of a man killed at his home with a hatchet.
The homicide occurred just after midnight Thursday at a home in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County police.
Claude Alexander Allen, 20, called police to report that he had killed a man who tried to break into his home, but police quickly determined the burglary story was a ruse. Officers discovered the body of 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey in a wooded area behind the home, located in the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive.
Maryland property records list the home as being owned by Allen’s mother and father, Claude A. Allen, a former domestic policy adviser in the Bush White House.
The elder Mr. Allen resigned from his White House post in 2006 after being arrested for shoplifting at a Gaithersburg Target store. As part of an ongoing scam, he claimed refunds for more than $5,000 worth of merchandise he did not buy, according to county and federal authorities. He pleaded guilty to theft, was fined and placed on probation, bringing to an end to his once-promising political career.
As of Friday, police had released no further details about the motive in the killing. Officials did note that the younger Mr. Allen and Mr. Harvey knew one another but did not say in what capacity.
Mr. Allen is expected in Montgomery County District Court on Tuesday. It was unclear Friday whether he was being represented by a lawyer.
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