Bond denied for defendant in Okla. politician’s killing

Associated Press

Oklahoma City — A judge has denied bond to an Oklahoma man accused in the weekend stabbing death of his father, who was the state’s labor commissioner.

Special Judge Russell Hall decided the matter Tuesday during Christian Costello’s initial court appearance in the Sunday night killing of his father, Mark Costello, at an Oklahoma City fast-food restaurant.

Christian Costello appeared at the hearing via a video link from jail. The 26-year-old didn’t say anything aside from giving the judge his name.

Police say witnesses said they saw the defendant repeatedly stabbing his father with a kitchen knife. They say the victim’s wife and defendant’s mother tried to stop the attack.

Mark Costello was in his second term as labor commissioner and was considered a rising star in the state’s Republican Party.