- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The son of a former adviser to President George W. Bush killed his friend with a hatchet over a drug dispute, police said in court documents made available Tuesday.

Montgomery County police arrested Claude Alexander Allen III, 20, in the Friday killing of his friend, Michael Phillip Harvey, at Mr. Allen’s parents’ home in Gaithersburg. Mr. Allen 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.

According to Montgomery County District Court documents made public when he appeared for a bond review, Mr. Allen admitted to having a disagreement with Mr. Harvey over “controlled dangerous substances sales.” Mr. Allen then got a hatchet and slashed Mr. Harvey with it while the two were in the garage of the home in the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive.

A third person was at the home when the slaying happened but was not involved in the killing, court documents state. The witness said he saw Mr. Allen come out of the garage with blood on his hands. Mr. Allen told his friend he “got the person” who was robbing his home and asked for help moving the body out of the house.

Fearing for his own safety, the witness helped Mr. Allen move the body to a trash can and then fled when Mr. Allen went to another area of the home.

Mr. Allen remained at the house and called police to report the slaying.

A District Court judge ordered Mr. Allen held without bond Tuesday.

Two years ago, Mr. Allen was placed on probation after he pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

His father, Claude A. Allen, was a domestic policy adviser in the Bush White House.

The elder Mr. Allen resigned his 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 political career.