Ronnell James pleads guilty to second degree murder

A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to second degree murder while armed for a 2007 burglary that left one man dead.

Ronnell James, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to killing Robert Beidleman Jr., 56. Beidleman was found deceased inside his apartment in the 1800 block of Central Place NE in 2007.

Authorities said Beidleman had been bound, gagged and stabbed to get him to reveal the combination of a small safe he kept in the apartment.

The safe was found open and empty inside the apartment. James later admitted that he had attempted to burglarize Mr. Beidleman’s apartment on the day of the murder.

He is set to be sentenced on April 13.