Miss Trans America founder's husband charged with her murder


A judge ordered he be held without bail pending a February 7 pretrial hearing. She was very active in the local trans community.

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

Prosecutors say a MA man confessed to killing his wife, who is reportedly the first transgender woman to be killed in 2018. Her husband, Mark Steele-Knudslien, pleaded not guilty to murder on Monday, days after police say he admitted hitting her with a hammer and stabbing her after an argument.

He went on to say after killing Christa Steele-Knudslien, he cleaned up, took a shower and went to the liquor store to buy alcohol.

The investigation into her death was opened after her husband, Mark Steele-Knudslien, walked into the Adams Police Department headquarters Friday evening.

"He did admit to the murder", an Adams police sergeant, Scott McWhirt, told the Globe Saturday.

The Human Rights Campaign mourned Christa's death as the first known homicide of a transgender person this year.

She also was a founder and chief executive officer of the Miss Trans New England Pageant, apparently as Christa Hilfers, and a founder of New England Trans Pride.

Boisseau said that when the two weren't working on events together, they spent time "hanging out" at home, playing pool.

"Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien's tragic and untimely death, " the posting reads. There was more reported violence against transgender people in 2017 than any year in nearly a decade, according to a report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an educational arm of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.

The transgender community faced its deadliest year on record in 2017, according to HRC, which reported that 2017 saw "at least 28 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means".

A large majority of the victims were trans women of colour.

In 2015, The White House was urged to launch a formal investigation into the high rates of trans people murdered every year.

On January 1st IL became the second state in the USA to rule out the "gay panic" defence.

It comes as the law banning the defence was signed off by Governor Bruce Rauner in August after the motion wasn't opposed by anyone in the state House or Senate.