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The Jorge Diaz-Johnston murder case to be reviewed before a grand jury

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Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media

The murder investigation of a prominent LGBTQ+ leader is going before a grand jury, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

The investigation into the death of a prominent LGBTQ activist is being sent to the state attorney’s office. Jorge Diaz Johnston’s body was found last month in a Jackson County landfill.

A representative for the Tallahassee Police Department says the agency has referred the case to the state attorney’s office for a grand jury review. During such proceedings, grand juries decide whether to charge a person or persons with a crime. No suspect has been publicly identified.

The Tallahassee Police Department initially said it expected to make an arrest in the case relatively soon. Over a month has passed since Diaz Johnston was last seen Jan. 3. His body was found Jan. 8.

Diaz-Johnston is the brother of former Miami Mayor and current Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz.

Diaz-Johnston and his husband Don were one of the six couples listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that overturned Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. The couple was separated at the time of Diaz-Johnston’s death.

WFSU has reached out to the state attorney’s office for comment.

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Brett Rutherford is a reporter and news researcher at WFSU Pubic Media. From Riverview, Florida, he has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he was a reporter within the sports department at WVFS, the student-run on-campus radio station. In 2020, he served as Sports Director during his senior year and hosted the weekly talk show Tomahawk Talk.

Email Brett: brutherford2@fsu.edu