Charges in case of LGBTQ+ advocate’s murder are imminent

Charges in the murder case of a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate are imminent after detectives handed the results of their investigation over to a grand jury.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Charges in the murder case of a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate are imminent after detectives handed the results of their investigation over to a grand jury.

Jorge “George” Diaz-Johnston, a doctorate student at Florida State University, was last seen alive on Jan. 3 and reported missing on Jan. 7. He turned up dead on Jan. 8 in a landfill in Jackson County. He was 54.

Diaz-Johnson, who also worked at a law firm, had been renting a home on Alachua Avenue in Tallahassee. His neighbors said police officers responded to the home where there was a car they didn’t recognize.

Deputies arrested Diaz-Johnston’s roommate Steven Yinger, 36, on Jan. 13 in Leon County on unrelated charges, and he is being held in custody with a status hearing scheduled for Monday morning.

Yinger has a lengthy criminal history in Leon County, spanning the last three decades.

Diaz-Johnston and Don Johnston sued the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts for the right to get married and won in 2015. The couple got separated last year.

Diaz-Johnston was the brother of former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the uncle of Manny Diaz II, the former coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes.

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Detectives are investigating the death of Jorge Diaz-Johnston, who took on Florida’s anti-gay marriage ban and won a landmark same-sex marriage case in Miami-Dade County.

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Torres contributed to this report from Miami.


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