Robert Elmo Lee killed foot doctor for ‘botched’ treatment


A California man has been convicted of murdering a podiatrist he accused of botching the treatment of his wife’s ingrown toenail, which led to her having her foot partially amputated and then dying.

Robert Elmo Lee, 83, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for the 2018 shooting death of Dr. Thomas Shock, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Lee plotted to have Shock killed after blaming the podiatrist for the death of his wife Bonnie Lee, prosecutors said.

After Shock was shot in his Lodi home in August 2018, cops found a California Medical Board document next to the victim’s body that referenced Lee’s wife’s treatment.

Bonnie had been treated by Shock for an ingrown toenail in 2014. She eventually had to have part of that foot amputated – then died in 2016 of an infection.

The doctor, who retired in 2018, had been sanctioned by the medical board in relation to Bonnie’s treatment.

Prosecutors said Lee hired multiple hitmen to kill the podiatrist.

The shooter, Mallory Stewart, 27, was also convicted of first degree murder and will be sentenced in May. Meanwhile Cohorts Christopher Costello, 26, whose fingerprint was found on the document, and Raymond Jacquett IV, 26, who drove the getaway car, were convicted last year for their roles in murderous scheme.

Lee will be sentenced on May 16.


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