Today, an accused killer and gangsta rapper denounces violence in New Orleans.  Corey Miller, also known as C-Murder, is awaiting trial for a 2002 second degree murder charge.  Under house arrest, Miller is preaching an anti-violence message.

He became a famous rapper.  Corey Miller proclaims himself a thug, drug user and dealer.  And then in 2002, Miller's lyrics mirrored reality.   Miller, also known as rapper C-Murder, was arrested for the killing of 16 year old Steve Thomas in a Harvey nightclub.  Today, though, Miller denounced violence.  "This must come to an end and it must end now," he said.

Miller joined area pastors and activists for the anti-violence news conference that started on the lawn of his Kenner home.  Reverend Toris Young says he, Miller and others have created an initiative to combat violence with recreation, education, and business internships.  "Men, women, boys and girls are being gunned down in our city and that's the issue," he says.

Then the group moved the podium to the front door because Miller can't walk outside.  He's under house arrest.  "I stand before you today a new man that's ready, willing and able to do everything in my power to bring an end to these senseless murders." 

Miller refused to answer any questions about his past, his music and his stage name, C-Murder.  Miller's under a gag order awaiting his second degree murder trial.  So Young fielded questions.  He's also on probation after pleading guilty to identity theft and fraud in 2006.   "It's about violence, our community and that's what we're focusing on, so I'm not going to answer that."  Young skirted some questions about the perception of Miller fronting the anti-violence initiative.  "In the industry when he started rapping, he was so bad, they say, 'He would murder that cd,' o.k?  And that's how, his name is Corey, and so they started calling him C-Murder," says Young.  But he also skirted questions about his own criminal background.  "Remember, it's about the issues here."

Still, Young says Miller is effective getting the anti-violence message out, saying the rapper still captures the attention of youth in New Orleans. 

Young predicts this joint initiative will cut crime in half by this time next year.  Miller's trial is scheduled for August.