SMITHFIELD – The suspect in the brutal stabbing death of a 79 year-old Four Oaks man was released from the hospital Friday evening and transported to the Johnston County Jail.
Isaac James Martin, of 116 E. Wellons Street, Smithfield was released from WakeMed in Raleigh where he had been undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds. Under heavy security, he was returned to Johnston County in an unmarked Johnston County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport van accompanied by a marked patrol car.
Isaac Martin was charged with one count of murder. He was brought before a magistrate who ordered he held without bond. Martin was then transported to Central Prison in Raleigh for ongoing medical treatment and safekeeping.
Around 1:00pm Thursday, Martin allegedly stopped at the home of Keith Lloyd Slocum at 4092 US Highway 701 South, Four Oaks.
Martin is charged with attacking the Slocum with a knife outside the elder man’s home as the victim’s wife watched helplessly. While allegedly being stabbed, Slocum was able to shoot Martin several times.
Slocum died in his yard.
Martin fled in a Ford pickup truck. Responding deputies spotted the truck on Highway 301 near Smithfield and pursued the 25 year-old suspect until he stopped in the driveway of his home at Wellons and S. Second Street.
Martin was transported to WakeMed for treatment of his gunshot wounds after his apprehension on Thursday.
Upon his release from the hospital late-Friday, he was transported to the Johnston County Jail.
Additional uniform and plain-clothed deputies and jail staff were on hand when Martin arrived to transfer him from the transport van to the jail. Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell was also present.
Earlier in the day, Sheriff Bizzell released a statement to The Johnston County Report. “It is so sad that Mr. and Mrs. Slocum were living their golden years and while protecting his family and property, Mr. Slocum was murdered by a stranger in his own yard. We need to keep the Slocum family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.”
Sheriff’s detectives said the homicide appears to be random with no connection between the victim and suspect and no reason Martin should have been at the address.