FOUR OAKS – Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said Friday detectives are continuing to investigate the murder of a 79 year-old man at his southern Johnston County home.
Shortly after 1:00pm Thursday, deputies said Keith Lloyd Slocum was at his residence at 4092 US Highway 701 South when he was fatally stabbed by a stranger, 25 year-old Isaac James Martin, of 116 E. Wellons Street, Smithfield. Authorities said Slocum tried to defend himself while being stabbed. Martin was shot several times but managed to get into his pickup truck and flee.
Responding deputies located the pickup truck on Highway 301 and chased Martin until he reached his home on Wellons Street. EMS transported Martin to WakeMed where he is being treated for serious but non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Other responding deputies located Mr. Slocum deceased in his yard.
“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 Bizzell told The Johnston County Report.
Authorities said the homicide appears to be random and with no connection between the victim and suspect and no reason Martin should have been at the address.
A murder warrant has been obtained against Martin. He will be served with the warrant once released from WakeMed.