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Claude Alexander Allen III, former Bush aide's son, pleads guilty to killing friend with hatchet

Claude Alexander Allen III. (File photo)
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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - The 21-year-old 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.

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 concluded the attack was sparked by Allen's delusions.

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