Gay man to stand trial for murder


A trial has been ordered in the case of a murdered Roxborough cantor.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon ordered the accused murderer, Jonathan Williams, to stand trial on a general charge of murder and other counts related to the Sept. 30 incident.

Williams, 33, is accused of stabbing Ronald Fischman 10 times in the back with a kitchen knife. During this week’s hearing, Detective Timothy Scally read a statement in which Williams admitted his guilt to Philadelphia homicide detectives.

Williams and his now ex-boyfriend, Gordan Branch, were homeless before Fischman invited them live with him in his East Mount Airy home. Fischman later kicked Williams out after he believed Williams was stealing from him.

The incident took place when Williams allegedly broke in to Fischman’s home, prompting an argument between Fischman and Williams, while Branch, who was visiting, hid in a bedroom.