No bail for North Adams man charged with killing his wife


Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien 42 was found stabbed and beaten in her North Adams Mass. home on Friday night

North Adams Police responded to the home and found her body and the scene portrayed what he told police.

Her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien is the primary suspect in the case. He will be arraigned on a murder charge today.

Steele-Knudslien walked into the Adams Police Station at about 8:40 p.m. on Friday asking to speak privately with an officer.

Although Steele-Knudslien's murder was not motivated by her transness, her death serves as a reminder to transgender men and women everywhere that domestic violence is a real threat.

"Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien's tragic and untimely death, " the posting reads.

An autopsy revealed she had also suffered multiple blunt force trauma to the head, according to Mass Live.

After hearing his Miranda Rights, police say he said he got into an argument with Christa earlier that evening and he hit her numerous times with a hammer, and then stabbed her in the back. He is now being held in the Berkshire County Jail without bail. He turned himself in to police Friday night, saying he had done "something very bad", but he pleaded not guilty Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court, according to the site. In a Facebook post a few months before that, Christa had written that "My husband and I are going to try to work things out". According to the Berkshire Eagle, police in Adams, Massachusetts were called to the couple's home on several occasions for "neighborhood" issues before they moved to North Adams a year ago. Steele-Knudslien will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on February 7, 2018.

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