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New Orleans street performer arrested in 1974 Jacksonville cold case murder

by: Associated Press Updated:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans street performer known as Uncle Louie is in custody for a deadly convenience store robbery that occurred almost 43 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) 60-year-old Johnie Lewis Miller was arrested Tuesday on a murder warrant. He's being held without bond, awaiting a June 26 extradition hearing.

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Court records indicate Miller is wanted for the May 22, 1974, slaying of 34-year-old Freddie Farah, who was working at a convenience store he owned when he was shot to death.

Miller was linked to the slaying after evidence matched a profile stored in an FBI database.

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Miller is an icon in the French Quarter, where he's performed as a human statue for more than two decades. People frequently take pictures with him and his miniature stuffed dog, Little Willie.

Just last month, Farah's case was featured by Project: Cold Case:

After news of the arrest became public, Project: Cold Case posted on its Facebook page:


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,