STOCKTON — Court proceedings for a group of men accused of killing Lodi podiatrist Thomas Shock will see their case continued to December.
Friday was the second arraignment for Christopher Costello, 26; Raymond Jacquett, 26; Robert Lee, 79; and Mallory Stewart, 27, that was supposed to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Deputies said a bus carrying inmates to the courthouse was running behind schedule and delayed the arraignment until 2 p.m.
The men did not speak or show much emotion when they were ordered by Judge Ronald Northup to return to court on Dec. 3. The defendants were to remain in custody without bail.
The men were arrested in late September on suspicion of killing the 67-year-old Shock, who was found shot to death in the 1100 block of Rivergate Drive just inside the front door of his home on the evening of Aug. 1.
Stewart faces the most charges, including the special circumstance allegation of committing a murder for financial gain, personal use of a firearm and having a prior serious felony conviction and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
All four defendants have been charged with murder. Lee and Stewart have also been charged of committing a murder while lying in wait.
Shock was a doctor with the Lodi Podiatry Group for 33 years until his retirement in June. According to his profile, he attended University of the Pacific, the University of California, Riverside, and California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco.
According to an eight-page search warrant, a Lodi police detective recounted an interview with an associate of Lee that may help explain a motive for the killing, indicating that Lee blamed Shock for the death of his wife, Bonnie Lee.
“(John) Fairchild had dinner with Robert Lee about one year ago and remembered Robert Lee talked about his wife’s death,” the warrant return said. “John Fairchild said Robert Lee blames Thomas Shock for his wife’s death and is angry with him. John Fairchild said Robert Lee never threatened to hurt Thomas Shock.”
“The complaint alleged Bonnie Lee had gone in to see Shock for an ingrown toenail,” Detective Michael Hitchcock wrote. “The complaint said Shock provided Bonnie Lee with substandard care which eventually (led) to her foot being partially amputated in 2014."
The case was closed in 2016 and Shock was disciplined by the Medical Board of California. Bonnie Lee died later in 2016 from an infection; however, it is unknown if Shock’s treatment had anything to do with her death, according to the complaint.
The Board of Podiatric Medicine revoked Shock’s license on April 25, 2014.
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