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STILLWATER, Okla. - The Payne County District Attorney is looking to sentence a 21-year-old man to death for the brutal murder of a teenager in Stillwater.

Prosecutors allege Isaiah Marin wanted to kill other people, including his brothers, the same day he nearly beheaded Jacob Crockett.

Marin is accused of killing 19-year-old Crockett at a Stillwater apartment back in October.

Police found him walking along State Highway 51 covered in blood.

Court papers show Marin forcibly and repeatedly stabbed Crockett so much that his head was almost completely severed.

Prosecutors say this murder was especially heinous, saying Isaiah caused “the agonizing death of Jacob Crockett accompanied by extreme mental anguish, terror, and suffering.”

Earlier this week, the district attorney filed a court document to seek the death penalty in the case.

To seek the death penalty, prosecutors have to prove so-called aggravating factors.

There are eight right now under Oklahoma law.

“They want to have a reason to say person X is more deserving of death than person Y, even though, at the end of the day, person X and person Y allegedly murdered someone,” attorney and legal analyst Adam Banner said.

In Marin’s case, prosecutors say he’s a continuing threat to society, that the defendant allegedly wanted to kill Crockett and his brothers “for a while.”

According to court papers, those who know Marin call him a “religious zealot” and “heavy drug user.”

But Marin doesn’t have a criminal record, which the defense will likely use if the case goes to trial.

“They have to open the book, turn over every single possible stone. There’s a person’s life at stake. They have to go back to the school records, see if there are counseling records,” Banner said.

Marin allegedly told his brother he’d explain why he killed Crockett from the letters he’d write while he was in prison.

His next court date is later this month.

If convicted and given the death penalty, Marin would be the youngest offender on death row in Oklahoma.

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