by Sue Ann Rybak
A former homeless man accused of fatally stabbing Mt. Airy resident Ronald Fischman, 54, a cantor at Mishkan Shalom in Roxborough, around 11 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Fischman’s house on the 200 block Phil Ellena Street was held for trial on Tuesday, Dec. 2, on all charges — murder, burglary, trespassing and possession of an instrument of crime.
Municipal Court Judge James DeLeon denied bail for William James, 33, also know as Jonathan Williams, and ordered that he be held at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility until his arraignment on Dec. 23.
Police arrested James, who was a former house guest of Fischman, after a witness saw him fleeing Fischman’s residence.