Hearing set for man charged in death of Oklahoma politician

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Posted: May 25, 2016 9:35 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing his father, Oklahoma's former labor commissioner, is scheduled to appear before an Oklahoma County judge.

A pre-trial hearing is set Wednesday for 27-year-old Christian Costello. Costello has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 23 death of his father, former Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

Prosecutors say Christian Costello attacked his father with a knife and repeatedly stabbed him at an Oklahoma City restaurant. In February, Costello waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case.

Defense attorney Bob Ravitz has said Costello is "very remorseful" and was examined by a private psychiatrist. Costello's family says he suffers from a mental illness and court records show Costello previously spent 90 days in a mental health facility and took mood stabilizers.