De­fen­dants in Lodi doc­tor’s mur­der ap­pear in S.J. court

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

STOCK­TON — The four men sus­pected in the shoot­ing death of re­tired Lodi po­di­a­trist Dr. Thomas Shock in Au­gust made their sec­ond ap­pear­ance be­fore the San Joaquin County Su­pe­rior Court in Stock­ton on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Robert Elmo Lee, 79, of Lodi, Christo­pher An­thony Costello, 26, of Sacra­mento, Mal­lory Ste­wart, 27, of Sacra­mento and Ray­mond Jac­quett, 26, of Sacra­mento — all dressed in or­ange — took turns stand­ing up in the cus­tody area as Judge Ron­ald Northup read their names aloud be­fore a packed court­room dur­ing their sec­ond ar­raign­ment.

The four de­fen­dants were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der in con­nec­tion with the fa­tal shoot­ing of Shock — who was found dead from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds in the door­way of his Lodi home the night of Aug. 1 — with Lee fac­ing ad­di­tional charges in­clud­ing so­lic­it­ing to com­mit mur­der.

The de­fen­dants first ap­peared for ar­raign­ment on Sept. 27, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Michael Car­doza, Lee’s at­tor­ney, on Fri­day re­quested a con­tin­u­a­tion un­til Dec. 3 for fur­ther ar­raign­ment — which Northup granted — and the de­fen­dants were re­turned to cus­tody in the San Joaquin County Jail.

Although po­lice have not yet re­vealed a pos­si­ble mo­tive, a search war­rant filed by Lodi Po­lice De­tec­tive Michael Hitch­cock that was re­leased by the court in late Septem­ber said that a sin­gle page of a com­plaint filed against Shock to the Cal­i­for­nia Board of Po­di­atric Medicine re­gard­ing his treat­ment of a pa­tient iden­ti­fied by the ini­tials “B.L.,” was found at the scene of Shock’s mur­der.

Shock’s of­fice con­firmed that B.L. was Bon­nie Lee, the wife of Robert Elmo Lee who ini­tially saw Shock for an in­grown toe­nail in 2011, the war­rant said, but the com­plaint al­leged that Shock’s “sub­stan­dard care” led to part of her foot be­ing am­pu­tated in 2012.

A records check showed Lee owned sev­eral firearms in­clud­ing three .38 cal­iber re­volvers, the war­rant said, and de­tec­tives be­lieved a re­volver was likely used in Shock’s mur­der as no shell cas­ings were found at the scene.

Costello’s fin­ger­print was found on the com­plaint page, the war­rant said, although Costello had no prior con­nec­tion to Shock or his fam­ily.

Hitch­cock found the rest of the med­i­cal doc­u­ment, seven cell phones and a com­puter when he served a search war­rant on Lee’s home on Alpine Drive, the war­rant said.


Robert Elmo Lee ap­pears be­fore the Su­pe­rior Court of Cal­i­for­nia, County of San Joaquin in Stock­ton on Fri­day.




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