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Son of ex-Bush aide pleads guilty in Md. slaying

  • Associated Press
  • September 2, 2014 - 8:20 PM

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1ts0YFO) that 21-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III of Gaithersburg pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the slaying of 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey. Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann cited doctors' findings in ruling that Allen was not criminally responsible.

The ruling means Allen will be held in a state psychiatric facility.

Prosecutors say that on May 23, 2013, Allen struck Harvey five times in the neck and head in Allen's parents' home. A state psychiatrist's report said the attack was sparked by Allen's delusions.

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