Murder charge filed against Oklahoma politician’s son

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bystanders intervene in fatal attack on Oklahoma official.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge Monday against a man accused of fatally stabbing his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, during an attack at a fast-food restaurant. The son, who as soon as spent 90 days confined in a hospital for remedy for an undisclosed psychological sickness, had requested his mother and father to satisfy him on the Braum’s fast-food restaurant in northwest Oklahoma Metropolis, the place he argued together with his father whereas his mom waited outdoors.Officers were called to a Braum’s ice cream and fast-food restaurant on the city’s northwest side after a stabbing was reported, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. In a statement issued Monday through family spokesman Joshua Harlow, Mark Costello’s family says it can’t adequately express the “shock and sadness” it has experienced since his stabbing death Sunday. Witnesses said the attack continued after Mark Costello ran into the parking lot where his wife, Cathy Costello, tried to intervene and stop the assault. “Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene, and interviewed at least 17 witnesses, all of whom stated they observed the defendant stabbing the victim with a small knife,” police inspector Lyndell Easley wrote in an affidavit attached to the charge.

Christian Costello previously was arrested past year in an indecent exposure incident in which a woman reported to The Village police that he was seen standing in front of a window at St. The victim’s 26 year old son, Christian Costello was the one arrested for the murder and remained in police custody, whether he’s innocent or not remains to be seen in court once his attorney can comment on the accusations. Mark Costello reportedly made his way around the restaurant looking for help, before going outside where he reportedly was confronted again by Christian Costello. He brought the knife with him to the location, and also requested to speak with Commissioner Costello alone, separating him from another family member who was present at the restaurant. The Oklahoman reviewed mental health records from Christian Costello’s stay at Griffin Memorial Hospital last October and his treatment at the Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center in November and December.

Mark Costello took 64 percent of the vote against an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and the telephone software company founder was re-elected a year ago. Mark Richardson, who lived throughout the corridor from Christian Costello at a condominium complicated not removed from the scene of the assault, stated he incessantly noticed him speaking to himself or dancing alone.

At the least one witness knocked Christian Costello off-balance with a vehicle, and others held him down till officers arrived, the police spokesman stated. Labor Department Chief of Staff Jim Marshall said in a statement: “Our hearts ache as an agency for this tragic event and our department grieves for his family during this very hard time”.

Christian has been on probation since 2012 after pleading guilty to one count of assault and battery, driving while under the influence of a drug and resisting arrest. He was a man of honor, courage, and principle as well as a faithful, supportive, generous, and helpful husband, father, friend and public servant who was passionate about Oklahoma and its people. Costello was first elected as Labor Commissioner in November 2010, and then re-elected in 2014. “Flags on state property will be lowered to half-staff through Friday in honor of Mark Costello’s life and service to the people of Oklahoma”.

He then said, ‘I’m the only one in the family that won’t join the cult.’ He also said that his parents hacked into his computer and are spying on him,” a mental health professional documented in the records. He went to an addiction wellness center in Louisiana in 2011, the records show. “I observed him chewing on two feathers,” wrote a police officer who responded to a report about a man exposing himself. “I then had the subject sit on a curb and spit out what he was chewing on. He then removed the feathers and what appeared to be dandelions and other weeds from his mouth.” He has claimed his body is a host for different spirits. Schizoaffective disorder is characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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