Roommate of murdered LGBT+ activist charged with his killing

The former roommate of Jorge Diaz-Johnston has been indicted as a suspect in the LGBT+ rights activist’s death by a Florida court.

The Leon County grand jury indicted Steven Yinger, 36, on Thursday (14 April) on several charges concerning the death of Diaz-Johnston. Diaz-Johnston was last seen on 3 January, and he was tragically found dead just a few days later on 8 January in a landfill in Baker, Florida.

State attorney Jack Campbell told the Tallahassee Democrat that the charges against Singer include first-degree murder, grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and criminal use of a personal ID. 

He’s currently being held without bail at the Leon County Detention Facility.

Diaz-Johnston, 54, was renowned for being among six same-sex couples who sued the Miami-Dade County clerk’s office for the right to marry in 2014. The couples won their legal battle in 2015, and the county legalised marriage equality months before the rest of the country.

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