New details emerge in Lehigh Acres murder arrest

CREATED Dec. 13, 2013

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  • Steven Tompkins

  • Joycelin Luck

WHEATLAND, Wyo - The Wyoming Highway Patrol released new details about the arrest of Lehigh Acres double murder suspect Steven Tompkins Friday afternoon.

A trooper was patrolling northbound I-25 when he spotted a green Ford pickup with Florida tags stopped just three miles south of Wheatland, Wyoming.

Tompkins, 24, from Lehigh Acres, told the trooper they he had just run out of gas and was waiting for someone to bring them fuel.  Also in the pickup was 19-year-old Joycelin Luck, the woman Tompkins had met in South Carolina.

The trooper knew of the nationwide BOLO that had gone out after the discovery Tuesday of the murders of 55-year-old Shelly Tompkins and her son 22-year-old Daniel Tompkins.

The trooper began to suspect that Tompkins and Luck were the two people wanted in connection with the murders and contacted dispatchers who advised him the pickup was stolen.

Both Tompkins and Luck were taken into custody with the assistance of Platte County Sheriff's deputies without incident.

Tompkins is charged in Wyoming with possession of stolen property and is being held awaiting extradition back to Lee County to face two counts of 2nd degree murder. 

Luck is also facing a charge in Wyoming of being an accessory to possession of stolen property along with facing accessory to murder charges in Lee County.