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The Gaithersburg man accused of murdering another man in his garage with a hatchet is being evaluated on whether he is competent to stand trial.

Claude A. Allen, 21, of Cliff Pine Drive, was arrested at his father’s home in May, after he called police and told them that he had killed a man using a hatchet.

Allen, the son of a top domestic adviser to President George W. Bush, told police that he had attacked the man after the man broke into Allen’s house, court records show.

After arriving at the home, near Laytonsville, police discovered the garage “covered” in blood, according to court documents.

In woods near the house, police found the body of 25-year-old Michael P. Harvey, or “Mickey.”

Steven D. Kupferberg, who is Allen’s attorney, told The Gazette on Monday that Allen is being evaluated at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.

Allen first has to be evaluated on whether or not he is “competent” to stand trial, meaning whether or not he can assist in his defense.

Then, Allen will be evaluated on whether or not he was “criminally responsible” at the time of the crime. A sealed report will be delivered to the judge overseeing the case, as well as to Kupferberg and Allen’s prosecutors, Kupferberg said.

Allen’s trial is scheduled for March, but depending on the findings of his mental evaluation, that could change, Kupferberg said.

sjbsmith@gazette.net