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FOUR OAKS – An elderly Johnston County murder victim sustained 83 wounds to his body while trying to fend off a knife-wielding attacker. He did not survive his injuries. Keith Lloyd Slocum was brutally murdered in the side yard of his Four Oaks area home October 28, 2021. Slocum was able to shoot his attacker before he took his last breath. The suspect stole his gun and fled from the victim’s home at 4092 US Highway 701 South.
Responding Johnston County deputies intercepted the suspect, Isaac James Martin, age 25, of Smithfield as he sped in his pickup on US Highway 301 into Smithfield. Following a brief chase, Martin stopped in the driveway of his home at 116 E. Wellons Street in South Smithfield and was arrested.
According to an recently released autopsy report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the 79 year-old murder victim died as a result of “83 sharp force injuries” to his body. The autopsy indicated Slocum sustained 25 stab wounds and 14 incised wounds to his torso resulting in injuries to his lung, ribs, bowel and liver. He sustained an additional 27 stab wounds and 17 incised wounds to his extremities, some as deep as 6 inches. The autopsy said some of the wounds were in clusters.
Slocum was stabbed or cut in his torso, abdomen, right arm, right hand, right thigh, right lung, left thigh, left knee, bowel, and ribs. He also sustained an abrasion to his left forearm and a contusion to his groin.
According to information obtained from the autopsy and a search warrant, Slocum returned home October 28th after his wife called him to report a man she didn’t know was outside their home. The elderly victim confronted Martin in his yard. Martin was reportedly armed with a large chef’s kitchen knife and stabbed Slocum repeatedly. He was able to fire shots from his handgun before collapsing. EMS pronounced Mr. Solcum dead at the scene.
The autopsy indicated the multiple wounds were consistent with a single-edged blade. The autopsy ruled his death as a homicide due to “multiple sharp force injuries.”
Martin, the murder suspect, was treated and released at WakeMed for gunshot wounds to his leg, shoulder and facial area, gunshots fired by Sloum before he died. Martin was transported to the Johnston County Jail on October 29, 2021 then transferred to Central Prison.
A search warrant revealed a handgun, presumed to be Mr. Slocum’s, was found in Martin’s 2006 Lincoln LT pickup truck. Additionally, two knives, one covered in blood was found inside the truck.
After the homicide, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said there was no known connection between the murder victim and suspect and it appears Martin murdered the elderly man in a random act of violence.
Just five months before Keith Slocum was murdered, his accused killer Isaac Martin was convicted May 12, 2021 in a Nash County courtroom for felony breaking and entering motor vehicles and reckless driving. Martin received a 24 month suspended sentence and was placed on probation.
A trial date for Isaac Martin has not been set, however, the defendant has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Keith Slocum was a US Navy Veteran and a retired general salesman. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, several children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.