Steven Robert Yinger Indicted for Jorge Diaz-Johnston Murder – What We Know!

Jail photo of Steven Yinger, and image of Jorge Diaz-Johnston.

Steven Yinger, and Jorge Diaz-Johnston.

A grand jury has indicted a person for allegedly murdering a same-sex marriage activist. Steven Robert Yinger, 37, was charged with homicide within the first diploma, tampering with bodily proof, grand theft of a motorcar, grand theft, and felony use of non-public identification info. Authorities say he strangled Jorge Diaz-Johnston, 54, in Leon County, Florida, and dumped his physique in a Jackson County landfill this January.

Jorge and his husband Don Johnston had been amongst seven {couples} who sued Florida for its ban on same-sex marriage, in keeping with NBC Miami report from June 25, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Courtroom legalized same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges nearly a 12 months later to the day. Jorge was brother to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

Don instructed WPLG in a Thursday report that he and Jorge ended up separated. Jorge, he mentioned, met Yinger in an alcohol restoration program.

“That’s how he is aware of Steven Yinger,” he mentioned. “Jorge’s struggles with which might be in inevitable a part of the story.”

On-line data present Yinger was sentenced in 2019 to 3 years in jail for petit theft, grand theft, and utilizing an antishoplifting gadget. He was launched on Oct. 5.

Jorge let him keep at his place without spending a dime, Don mentioned.

“Jorge didn’t cost him lease, by no means had expectations, till he may get a job and help himself and that’s who Jorge was,” he mentioned.

However in keeping with an affidavit obtained by Regulation&Crime, a witness instructed investigators that Jorge was shifting to kick Yinger out of the house for “permitting a pal (who’s hooked on the road drug Methamphetamine)” to frequent the house.

Johnston instructed the outlet he grew to become extra anxious after Yinger instructed household and buddies conflicting tales.

Authorities say they’ve proof in keeping with Yinger touring to dump Diaz-Johnston’s physique.

A visitors digital camera captured the sufferer’s automobile, identified to be pushed by Steven after Jorge’s disappearance, travelling westbound via Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida. A evaluate of social media revealed Steven was posting photos of himself in Panama Metropolis Seaside, Bay County, Florida on January 7, 2022. The journey was in keeping with Steven touring west via the panhandle of Florida within the days previous to Jorge’s physique being found within the landfill.

[Mugshot of Yinger via Leon County Jail; image of Diaz-Johnston of Tallahassee Police Department]

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