Preliminary hearing waived in Oklahoma politician's death

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2016 11:29 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 27-year-old man charged with fatally stabbing his father, who was Oklahoma's labor commissioner, has waived a preliminary hearing on a first-degree murder charge.

The hearing had been scheduled for Friday by Christian Costello, who is charged in the Aug. 23 stabbing death of Mark Costello.

Prosecutors were scheduled to present evidence indicating that a crime had been committed and whether there was probable cause that Christian Costello committed it. But defense attorney Bob Ravitz says it's clear prosecutors have sufficient evidence to schedule a trial.

Prosecutors allege that Costello attacked his father with a knife and repeatedly stabbed him at an Oklahoma City restaurant. Costello's family has said he suffers from a mental illness. He's pleaded not guilty.

The judge scheduled a May 25 pre-trial hearing.