North Adams man charged in murder of his wife

A North Adams man has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife, law enforcement officials said Saturday.

Mark Steele-Knudslien, 47, went to the police station in neighboring Adams around 9 p.m. Friday and told police that he killed his wife in their home, a police official said.

“He did admit to the murder,” Adams police Sergeant Scott McWhirt said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was later found dead at the couple’s home at 107 Veazie St. in North Adams, McWhirt said.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is due to be conducted Sunday, the Berkshire district attorney’s office said in a press release.


Mark Steele-Knudslien was ordered held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a charge of murder in Northern Berkshire District Court, the release stated.

McWhirt said the couple had lived in Adams for “quite a few years” before moving to North Adams approximately a year ago. They had been well-known to police due to “neighborhood disputes . . . nothing between the two,” he said.

Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.