- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that a protective order will remain in effect against the girlfriend of a 26-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his father, who was Oklahoma’s labor commissioner.

Special Judge Larry Shaw’s order, initially issued last month, calls for Ginger R. Rogers to not have contact with the widow and 16-year-old son of Mark Costello. It stays in effect until an Oct. 16 evidentiary hearing in the case.

In the request for a protective order, Cathy Costello accused Rogers of harassing her family over the phone and “yelling, cussing and telling them they are evil, the devil and something bad was going to happen to them.”

Rogers, 48, objected to the protective order but told the judge she had no plans to reach out to Costello’s family.

“I don’t want any contact with the Costellos whatsoever,” Rogers said during a brief hearing.

Asked afterward whether Cathy Costello’s family had a rational reason for seeking the order, Rogers replied: “No they don’t.”

“I have no comment at this time. I would like to, but I have no comment at this time,” she told reporters.

Cathy Costello appeared at the hearing with her attorney, Stephen Jones. She had no comment afterward.

Christian Costello is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 23 stabbing death of his 59-year-old father at a north Oklahoma City fast-food restaurant. He is being held at the Oklahoma County Jail without bond and a not-guilty plea has been entered on his behalf.

His family has said he suffers from a mental illness, and court records show he has spent 90 days in a mental health facility in the past and taken mood stabilizers.

Rogers has not been charged. Protective orders that other members of the family sought against Christian Costello and Rogers have been denied.

Since her husband’s death, Cathy Costello has asked Gov. Mary Fallin to appoint her to the remaining three-plus years of Mark Costello’s unexpired term. In a letter delivered Tuesday to Fallin’s office, Cathy Costello urged the governor to name her labor commissioner “to continue the work Mark began, that I will successfully bring to fruition.”

Fallin’s office said no decision on a successor has been made.


This story has been corrected to show that Mark Costello was Oklahoma’s labor commissioner, not a former labor commissioner.

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