While the suspected getaway driver in the murder of a retired Lodi doctor will go to trial, court documents show conflicting reports of who pulled the trigger.
After a preliminary hearing on Thursday, San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Mulvihill ruled that there was sufficient evidence to hold Raymond Austin Hasson Jacquett IV, 26, of Sacramento for trial in connection with the August murder of Dr. Thomas Shock, 67, in Lodi.
According to a Thursday post on the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Facebook page, Jacquett faces a murder charge as well as “the special circumstances of murder by lying in wait and murder for financial gain,” for his alleged role as the getaway driver in the murder of Shock, a retired podiatrist who was fatally shot on Aug. 1 in the doorway of his home on Rivergate Drive in Lodi.
Along with Jacquett, Robert Elmo Lee, 79, of Lodi, Christopher Anthony Costello, 26, of Sacramento and Mallory Stewart Jr., 27, of Sacramento were arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with Shock’s murder.
Lee and Stewart both face the additional charge of committing murder while lying in wait, according to court records, with Stewart also facing additional charges of murder for financial gain, using a firearm while committing a felony, having a prior felony conviction and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
All four defendants have entered pleas of “not guilty.”
Jacquett will appear before court for arraignment on information on Jan. 10 and Lee, Stewart and Costello are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 21.
Jacquett’s preliminary hearing took place this week as he demanded his “speedy trial” right to a preliminary hearing.
According to a search warrant filed by Lodi Police Detective Michael Hitchcock in October that was released by the court this month, 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 told Hitchcock that B.L. was Bonnie Lee, the wife of Robert Elmo Lee who initially saw Shock for an ingrown toenail, the warrant said, but the complaint alleged that Shock’s “substandard care” led to part of her foot being amputated in 2014.
Shock was disciplined by the medical board when the case was closed in 2016, the warrant said.
Although Bonnie Lee died from an infection later in 2016, the warrant said it is unknown if she died as a result of Shock’s treatment.
Costello’s fingerprint was found on the page of the complaint that was found on Shock’s body, the warrant said, although Costello has no known ties to Shock or his family.
After his arrest in September, Costello told detectives that he met with Lee and that Lee showed him the complaint and talked about killing Shock, the warrant said.
Costello told detectives that although Lee paid him, Costello did not kill Shock, the warrant said, although Costello said he introduced Lee to Stewart but left during the meeting.
“Costello said he talked to Stewart a few days later and Stewart said he did follow through and killed Thomas Shock,” Hitchcock wrote in the warrant.
Following his own arrest, Stewart told detectives he was involved in planning the murder and received payment, the warrant said, but did not admit to shooting Shock.
“Stewart said Robert Lee was the person who shot Shock,” Hitchcock wrote in the warrant.
Stewart also told detectives that Jacquett drove them to Shock’s house in his white SUV after removing the license plates, the warrant said.