FOUR OAKS – The Johnston County Report has obtained a copy of a search warrant issued to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office during their investigation into the October 28, 2021 murder of an elderly Four Oaks man. The murder appears to be a random act.
Keith Lloyd Slocum, 79, of 4092 US Highway 701 South, was stabbed to death outside his home. The suspect fled but before he did, he was shot by Slocum before he succumbed to his stab wounds.
Isaac James Martin, 25, was arrested following a car chase with deputies that ended at his home at 116 E. Wellons Street in South Smithfield.
A search warrant was issued on October 29th, and signed by Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock, to search Martin’s silver 2006 Lincoln LT pickup truck. The warrant provided a synopsis of the case.
At 1:03pm on October 28th, deputies were dispatched to 4092 US Highway 701 South after the wife of the victim, Karen Slocum, called 911 reporting a black male she didn’t know was at her home with a knife and stabbing her husband. Karen reported her husband was shooting at the unknown man. The suspect then fled in a pickup truck headed towards Smithfield.
Responding deputies intercepted the pickup and tried to conduct a traffic stop. Martin failed to stop and fled until he reached the driveway of his home. Deputies removed Martin from the pickup, at which time they discovered he had apparent gunshot wounds to his leg, shoulder, and facial area.
Other deputies who responded to the Highway 701 address discovered Keith Slocum on the ground in the backyard with multiple stab wounds. Paramedics performed life saving measures, however, the elderly man died at his home.
The search warrant indicated that officers located a handgun and two knives inside the truck Martin was driving. Blood was observed on one of the knives. The truck was seized until a search warrant was obtained the following morning.
In addition to the gun and knives, other items seized from the truck included a cell phone, gloves, white shirt with apparent blood, and blood swabs.
Isaac Martin is being held without bond at Central Prison in Raleigh on a murder warrant as he recovers from his gunshot wounds. Investigators said there was no known reason why Martin should have been at the Slocum home, and the elderly couple did not know the suspect.