San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
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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
March 24, 2022
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Lodi Man Convicted of First Degree Murder in Death of Dr. Thomas Shock, Lodi Podiatrist

Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced defendant Robert Elmo Lee, 83 of Lodi, was found guilty of first-degree murder with a special circumstance of murder for financial gain in his role in the shooting death of Dr. Thomas Shock, a Lodi podiatrist.

"Thank you to Deputy District Attorney Ted McGarvey for his continued pursuit of justice for the victim and the Shock family,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “I also extend my gratitude to the dedicated Lodi Police Department detectives for their thorough investigative work and Chief Sierra Brucia for his unparalleled leadership. The conclusion of this case sends a clear message that my office will hold those who harm members of our community accountable to the full extent of the law.”

In August of 2018, Dr. Thomas Shock was killed in his home in Lodi, California. Robert Elmo Lee was found guilty for orchestrating the murder of Dr. Shock. Recently, co-defendant Mallory Stewart pled guilty to murder in the first degree, as well as a weapons enhancement, for his role as the shooter. In 2021, Christopher Costello was found guilty for his participating role in the failed murder-for-hire scheme and co-defendant Raymond Jacquett IV, 29, was sentenced in December 2019 for his role in the crime.

Robert Elmo Lee and Mallory Stewart return to court before the Honorable Judge Lauren P. Thomasson for sentencing on May 16, 2022.