New Orleans street performer arrested in Jacksonville cold case

Johnie Miller, better known as “Uncle Louie”, a street performer in New Orleans’ French Quarter, was arrested this week on an out-of-state warrant for a murder out of Jacksonville, Fla, court records show.

New Orleans police helped Jacksonville investigators book Johnie Lewis Miller, 60, into the city’s jail on an out of state murder warrant on Tuesday morning.

One of Miller’s most recognizable performance involves him freezing mid-stride while wearing an Uncle Sam suit, appearing to walk a toy dog. Farah was working at a convenience store that he owned when he was shot to death.

Details of the 1974 case have not yet been released. He began shooting as Farah moved away from the cash register.

Miller was linked to the slaying after evidence matched a profile stored in an Federal Bureau of Investigation database. He refused to waive extradition to Florida during his first court hearing on Wednesday. He’s being held without bond, awaiting a June 26 extradition hearing. “Thanks to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and its cold case detectives, that is no longer the situation”.

Farah was a native of Valdosta, Ga., who lived in Jacksonville most of his life, according to his obituary.

Reporter Ramon Antonio Vargas of The New Orleans Advocate contributed to this article.