The son of a shamed former aide to President George W. Bush is in some hot water himself, as he is charged with the murder of a man with a hatchet near his family home.
Claude Alexander Allen III, the 20-year-old son of Claude A. Allen, Bush’s former domestic policy adviser, is accused of killing 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey near the Allen family home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
The body was found approximately 75 yards from the family’s home, which is owned by the father, but police told the Washington Post that they believe an altercation occurred and the attack started in a home’s two-car garage.
The younger Allen called 911 to tell authorities he killed an intruder after he tried to break in, but the burglary angle was dropped by police as they say the 20-year-old Allen knew Harvey.
Allen’s parents were not home during the attack, and he is said to have just returned home from college.
This is not the first time the family has had its clashes with the law, as the father, now 52, was pleaded guilty to theft in 2006, after it was alleged he claimed refunds for more than $5,000 worth of things he did not buy.
“I was shocked and my first reaction was one of disappointment, deep disappointment – if it’s true – that we were not fully informed,” President Bush said at the time.
The murder charge for the son is just the latest thing to devastate the family, and the case does not look promising for the younger Allen.