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Judge allows lawyer for man accused of murder in death of wife to present evidence of PTSD

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PORTSMOUTH, Rhode Island — A judge will allow a Providence man accused of fatally stabbing his wife on a public bus in Portsmouth to present evidence he has post-traumatic stress disorder at his trial on murder charges.

Prosecutors failed to block testimony from the director of the Forensic Psychiatry Division of Hasbro Children's Hospital that Christopher James' PTSD and other factors reduced his ability to "form a specific intent" to murder his estranged wife Terry L. Chiodo in February 2013.

The Newport Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/IX5CGL) that Wade Myers, director of the Forensic Psychiatry Division, testified Thursday that James had a history of PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, paranoia, bipolar disorder and anxiety. He said James has had suicidal tendencies and "mood and stability issues."

Myers said PTSD means James did not act with premeditation.


Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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