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Claude Alexander Allen III (Montgomery County Police Department) Claude Alexander Allen III (Montgomery County Police Department)

A court affidavit made public Tuesday says Claude Allen III, also known as “Alex,” first told Montgomery County police Michael Harvey attacked him with a hatchet before admitting he slashed his 25-year-old friend in a dispute over drugs.

In an interview at her Fairfax County home, Harvey's mother, Terry Garrett, says her son once introduced Allen to her as “crazy" (as in "Crazy Alex") and she fears the former Bush aide’s son will get off with his political connections and money.

Garrett sat at her dining room table Tuesday surrounded by pictures of her son and wishing she had the answer to one simple question.

"I am curious to know what happened because Mikey spoke highly of this person,” she said. “He trusted this person. Mikey is pretty good about reading people and if something was wrong, he would have left.”

Based on post mortem photos she was shown of her son, Garrett says she is convinced he was attacked from behind with no warning.

"My son would not turn his back on someone if he knew they were going to harm him,” said Garrett. “And what the lady has told me from the funeral home and the picture, where he was hit was in the back.”

Garrett says her son had been working mostly odd jobs in recent months and was hoping for something better to come along.

Harvey had four young children. One of them was celebrating a birthday the day he died.

"What happened? What went wrong?” Garret wondered out loud. “Because I don't understand any of it. I don't. I don't understand any of it.”

According to a court affidavit made public Tuesday, Allen killed Harvey in the garage of his home, telling a third unidentified man who was at the house that night he had "got the person" who was robbing him.

The affidavit says Allen asked the third man to help him put Harvey's body in a trash can before the man ran from the home and called 911.

Now, Garrett fears the Allen family’s political connections and money will get him off.

Claude Allen II was domestic policy advisor to George W. Bush before pleading guilty to a theft and resigning in 2006.

"It does bother me because he has money,” said Garrett. “He has good lawyers. You can get good lawyers, then say my son did something to him, and I'll never know the truth. You know a lawyer is going to tell you what to say.”

It is unclear what was found inside the Allens’ Gaithersburg house. If illegal narcotics were discovered, investigators are not saying.

In court, prosecutors were prepared to reveal more about the case to make sure Allen remained locked up, but Allen’s defense attorney, Richard Finci, stepped in first and said he would not make an argument for his client’s release.

A preliminary hearing is now scheduled for June 21.

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