No bail for North Adams man charged with killing his wife

Christa Leigh with her husband Mark

Dr. Robert Welton, an Associate Medical Examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy on 42 year old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien this afternoon in Holyoke and has ruled the death a homicide.

He was charged with murder on Friday and held without bail over the weekend. North Adams and state police found her there, as he had described, MassLive reports. Mark was held overnight by the North Adams police and transferred to the Berkshire County Jail on Saturday.

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

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
No bail for North Adams man charged with killing his wife

By agreement between the legal teams, Steele-Knudslien will be held without the right to bail and was given a pretrial hearing date of February 7.

McWhirt said the couple had lived in Adams for "quite a few years" before moving to North Adams approximately a year ago. "Christa, and her hard work for the community, will be sadly missed". They had been well-known to police due to "neighborhood disputes. nothing between the two", he said. This Christmas, she wrote "Had a AMAZING Christmas with hubby & great friends".

Christa Leigh and Mark had not been married a year. In addition to founding Miss Trans America, she also produced the regional Miss Trans New England pageant (as well as others). "She was a big advocate in the intersex/trans community". Last year, Kashmere Redd, a 28-year-old trans man living in NY, was stabbed to death by his partner, Doris Carrasquillo.

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