Man accused of killing ex-wife admits to violating probation

A man accused of killing his ex-wife on a RIPTA bus admitted Tuesday to being in violation of his probation.

Christopher James, 46, of Providence, appeared in Newport Superior Court for a bail hearing. James was on probation after committing simple assault in 2011. Prosecutors said he violated his probation when he killed Terry Chiodo on Feb. 27.

However, while James admitted to disturbing the peace, he did not admit to murder.

Police said witnesses told them Chiodo boarded the Route 60 bus at Bristol Ferry Road at about 6:15 a.m. They said she was afraid when she saw James, and he stabbed her before trying to flee.

State documents show James has been in and out of jail for more than 10 years. Some of his convictions involved assault and domestic violence.

James is scheduled to be back in court in three weeks.