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San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
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OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201

T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371

TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

Scott A. Fichtner
Assistant District Attorney

Kristine M. Reed
Assistant District Attorney

James Bojko
Chief Investigator

News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release


July 23, 2021

CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T (209) 468-2400  | E Elisa.Bubak@sjcda.org

Defendant Found Guilty for Role in Lodi Podiatrist's Murder

Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced defendant Christopher Costello, 29, was found guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances in his role in the shooting death of Dr. Thomas Shock, a Lodi podiatrist. 

In August of 2018, Dr. Thomas Shock was killed in his home in Lodi, California. Christopher Costello was found guilty for his participating role in the failed murder-for-hire scheme. Tragically, Dr. Thomas Shock lost his life as a result. Codefendant Raymond Jacquett IV, 29,  was sentenced in December 2019 for his role in the crime. The remaining codefendants, Robert Elmo Lee, 82, and Mallory Stewart Jr., 31, are scheduled for trial in February 2022. 

"Thank you to Deputy District Attorney Ted McGarvey and our partners in law enforcement for their dedication to seeking justice for the Shock family," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "This sends a clear message that my office is dedicated to ensuring those who harm members of our community are held accountable to the full extent of the law. We remain committed to ending gun violence in our community and advocating for the victims of these violent crimes." 

Defendant Costello returns for sentencing before the Honorable Lauren Thomasson on October 18, 2021 at 10AM.