Christa Steele-Knudslien, the founder of the Miss Trans America pageant, was found stabbed and beaten to death inside the North Adams home she shared with her husband. He is being held without the right to bail pending his arraignment.
The woman allegedly murdered by her husband in their North Adams home was a longtime transgender advocate who helped create a beauty pageant for transgender women, friends and activists say.
Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless told 22News, Christa's body was found Friday inside the couple's home on Veazie Street. Her husband came to the Adams Police Department, spoke to an officer, reportedly saying he had done something and deserved to be in handcuffs. The police have not yet released a motive nor how Christa Leigh was murdered.
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.
According to Adams Police Sergeant Scott McWhirt, the couple were well-known to police. They had been well-known to police due to "neighborhood disputes. nothing between the two", he said. She posted a lot about how happy she was.
Christa Leigh and Mark had not been married a year.
The founder of the Miss Trans America Pageant was found stabbed to death in her MA home on Friday. She was very active in the local trans community. "Noho Pride had the pleasure of working along side Christa at the time the Miss Trans Northampton Pageant was created, now the Miss Trans New England Pageant".