Isaiah Marin held for murder in Stillwater, Oklahoma

Editor’s Note: Isaiah Marin attended school in Van Horn and Valentine. One of his local friends told the Advocate that Isaiah was a junior at Van Horn High School and transferred later in the year to Valentine in 2010.

BY MEGAN SANDO
Stillwater News-Press

STILLWATER — NOV 2, 2014.  The brutal details in the murder of a Stillwater teen emerged as police secured search warrants and arrested 21-year-old Isaiah Zoar Marin Wednesday after a slaying on Stillwater’s west side.

The news quickly spread overnight about the death of 19-year-old Jacob Crockett, who was decapitated in his apartment in the 400 block of South Oakdale.
A Payne County District Court affidavit outlines the events of Wednesday afternoon, starting at 2:46 p.m.

• Dispatch answers a call from a cellphone. The caller states he is in El Vaquero’s parking lot. He tells the dispatcher, “I murdered someone.” Then the caller rambles about sacrificing and magic.

• Police are dispatched to the 4900 block of West Sixth Avenue.

• When asked his name, the caller states “Isaiah Marin.” The dispatcher asks Marin how he knows he killed someone. His response was, “I hacked them to death with a machete.”

Marin was spotted walking on state Highway 51, covered in blood and carrying a “a cross between a large knife and a sword,” Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said at a noon Thursday press conference.

Police found Marin walking westbound, where he was detained by gunpoint. Marin dropped the knife, laid on the ground and told police the location of the apartment. 

Officers followed blood smears into the apartment, on the door knob, up the stairwell and into the kitchen on the second level, according to the affidavit.

Crockett’s body was lying at the top of the stairs, with multiple stab wounds. The victim’s head was mostly severed from his body, Dickerson said.

Crockett’s brother Jesse told police he and Jacob lived at the apartment with Isaiah’s brother, Samuel Marin. Jesse Crockett told police Samuel was in the room with Crockett and Isaiah, based on a phone call he received from Samuel stating Isaiah stabbed Crockett, according to the affidavit.

According to the report, Jesse Crockett told police Isaiah is a “religious zealot” and “heavy drug user.”

Police interviewed Samuel, who told them that they were playing cards, and Isaiah had been watching YouTube videos about Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew. Isaiah picked up a large sword and took it out of the sheath. He stood up and began swinging it around, according to the affidavit.

A few moments later, Samuel said he heard the sound of someone being stabbed. He saw Crockett heavily wounded, and fled the apartment. Isaiah followed him and said he would explain why he killed Jacob from letters he would write in prison, according to the affidavit.

Samuel told police that in the past the victim and suspect had disagreements because “Jacob and Jesse were practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs.”
Dickerson said investigators have no information to tie the murder to ISIS beheadings. There also appears to be no ties to the fact that Crockett is the son of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.

Dickerson did say drugs may have been a factor, as some evidence was found in the apartment.

“The suspect told police he fantasized about killing several people, at least four,” Dickerson said.

Marin is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. There will be a preliminary hearing docket at 9 a.m. Dec. 1.

A “RIP Jacob Crockett” Facebook page was created in his memory. One of the page monitors is close friend Emily Perry.

Crockett graduated from Stillwater High School in 2014. He was a student at Northern Oklahoma College.  

Perry said she knew the two brothers and was there for them in hard times.

“He was an amazing friend to everyone,” she said. “The only thing he was interested in was friends, family and metal music.”