Man Charged in Grisly Hatchet Homicide Son of Bush Administration Official

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Authorities investigate a grizzly homicide at the home of a former Bush administration official. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Authorities investigate a grizzly homicide at the home of a former Bush administration official. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC) — The son of a former George W. Bush administration official has been charged in a grisly homicide involving hatchet that occurred a short distance from an elementary school in Gaithersburg.

Police say Claude Alexander Allen, 20, used the hatchet to kill Michael Phillip Harvey, 25, in the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive early Friday morning.

Court records show the suspect is the son of former Bush administration official Claude Allen. Allen served as the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy until he resigned in 2006 following a widely publicized arrest for shoplifting.

The residence where the homicide occurred is owned by the elder Allen according to online records, but authorities say it does not appear he was at the home when the crime was committed.

The younger Allen initially phoned authorities to say he killed someone who tried to break into his home shortly after midnight, police say.

However, results of a preliminary investigation conducted by police in Montgomery County contradicted his claims and authorities a burglary never occurred.

Harvey’s body was discovered in a wooded area behind the home.

Police say the two men knew each other, but did not elaborate on their relationship.

Allen is in custody and has been charged with homicide.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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