Judge denies model’s request for protection from ‘circus’ during murder trial
A 26-year-old model accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with a kitchen knife appeared in Miami-Dade County court on Tuesday during an evidentiary hearing in her murder case.
Prosecutors said Courtney Clenney, who had a large following on OnlyFans and Instagram, stabbed her 27-year-old boyfriend, Christian “Toby” Obumseli, on April 3 in an apartment at 3131 NE 7 Ave., in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.
Attorney Frank Prieto, who is representing Clenney, said he is concerned about sexually explicit content that could taint a future jury during a murder trial.
“This is going to become a circus,” Prieto said in court.
Christian “Toby” Obumseli, a Texas Tech University grad and cryptocurrency executive, was stabbed to death on April 3 in Miami.
The prosecution and an attorney for The Miami Herald opposed the motion to seal evidence in the case. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Diana Vizcaino denied the motion on Tuesday.
Authorities in Hawaii arrested Clenney, also known as Courtney Taylor, on Aug. 10. Her attorney said she had been getting treatment in a rehabilitation facility there.
Courtney Clenney was arrested on Aug. 10 in Hawaii.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office released a video on Aug. 11 showing Clenney striking Obumseli inside of an elevator about two months before the murder.
Clenney’s defense attorney said the video doesn’t tell the full story since she was a victim of domestic abuse and the April stabbing was an act of self-defense.
Clenney, of Austin, Texas, told police officers Obumseli had pushed her and she had thrown the knife at him. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the evidence shows differently.
“The knife entered Christian’s chest in a downward angle to the depth of three inches,” Fernandez Rundle said.
Courtney Clenney was arrested in July 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for domestic battery.
Clenney is facing a second-degree murder charge with a weapon in Miami-Dade. She pleaded not guilty on Aug. 15.
After authorities extradited Clenney from Hawaii to Florida, Miami-Dade corrections officers booked her on Aug. 26 at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. She was denied bond on Aug. 27.
The court’s docket shows a felony sounding is scheduled for 9:35 a.m., on Dec. 8, and there is a trial hearing set for 9:30 a.m., on Dec. 19.
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A South Florida social media model has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Local10.com archives: April 14 report
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Local10.com archives: April 8 report
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