NORTH ADAMS — A city woman was stabbed and beaten to death, allegedly at the hands of her husband, local authorities said over the weekend.
A state medical examiner, Dr. Robert Welton, ruled the death of 42-year-old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien a homicide following an autopsy Welton conducted Sunday afternoon in Holyoke.
In a press release from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, the preliminary autopsy results indicate Steele-Knudslien died from a loss of blood due to a stab wound to her torso. Welton also found repeated blows to the victim's head was a contributing factor in her death.
Mark Steele-Knudslien, 47, is being held without bail pending his arraignment Monday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court on one count of murder. Mr. Steele-Knudslien apparently confessed to killing his wife before North Adams police found her body in the couple's Veazie Street home on Friday night.
The husband went to the Adams Police station at about 9:09 p.m. Friday to admit that he killed his spouse, Adams Police Sgt. Scott McWhirt told The Eagle on Saturday.
McWhirt said his department immediately notified North Adams Police to respond to the home where they found Mrs. Steekle-Knudslien dead.
Mark Steele-Knudslien was held overnight Friday at the Adams Police Department until he was taken to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on Saturday, according to the sergeant.
McWhirt noted the couple had lived in Adams for two or three years before moving to North Adams about a year ago.
The department was familiar with the pair from responding to their Adams home several times for "neighborhood" issues, he said.
Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle,.com and 413-496-6233