Ex-Bush aide’s son accused of killing a man with a hatchet
The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush was charged with first-degree murder on Friday for allegedly killing a man with a hatchet.
WJLA-TV reported that 20-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III was arrested after police responded to reports of a break-in early Friday morning at a Gaithersburg, Maryland home owned by his parents.
But authorities told the station that story did not hold up after they began talking to Allen, who phoned in the initial report. In a release, police said the victim, 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey, was found “in a wooded area behind the residence.”
“Because we did not have a forced entry here we believe that the two parties did know each other, Montgomery County Police Captain Jim Daly said to WJLA.
Allen’s father, Claude A. Allen, was Bush’s domestic policy adviser from 2005 to 2006, when he was arrested and charged with shoplifting from a department store in Gaithersburg.
According to the Washington Post, the elder Allen’s wife, Jannese Allen, said at his sentencing in August 2006 that he was overwhelmed after working 14 hours a day in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and that they lived “out of storage boxes in a friend’s basement.”
Watch WJLA’s report on the younger Allen’s arrest, aired Friday, below.
[Image via Montgomery County Police Department]