Miami OnlyFans model, accused of murdering boyfriend, held in jail until trial
Prosecutors argue millionaire model Courtney Clenney must remain jailed as she awaits trial for killing Christian Obumseli inside their luxury apartment
By David Ovalle
MIAMI — The OnlyFans model accused of murdering her boyfriend in Miami won’t be getting out of jail to await trial.
A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday ruled that Courtney Clenney must remain behind bars as she awaits trial for the killing of Christian Obumseli on April 3 inside their luxury Edgewater apartment. Clenney, 27, is charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in a case that has attracted worldwide media attention.
The judge notified attorneys hours before Thursday morning’s hearing. In court, Clenney — wearing a red jail jumpsuit reserved for high-profile inmates — appeared emotional as her attorneys delivered her the news, dabbing her eyes with tissue.
In her order, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Laura Shearon Cruz sided with prosecutors who had argued that Clenney made millions on the U.K.-based adult webcam site, and could earn a living overseas if she fled the country. She wrote that Clenney, of Texas, “has no ties to Florida and ample means to leave the country were she to choose to do so. The Defendant has substantial funds at her disposal and the ability to make more outside of the jurisdiction of the United States.”
Shearon Cruz also pointed out that Clenney has a history of violating court orders of supervision in other cases outside of Florida.
“The Court does not agree that placing defendant on house arrest with her parents in Texas is an appropriate form of release in this case,” she wrote.
Defense attorneys Frank Prieto and Sabrina Puglisi said they will consider an appeal, and took exception to the judge’s description of her finances. Her savings were used to buy a home and pay legal fees, Prieto told the judge and reporters after the hearing.
“She has no money left in her bank accounts,” Prieto said.
The hearing was attended by relatives of Obumseli, who flew in from Texas. Their Miami attorney, Larry Handfield, said the family was gratified and looks forward to Clenney’s trial.
“They were very happy, crying,” he told the Herald on Thursday morning. “They feel a sense of justice.”
Clenney has never denied she fatally stabbed Obumseli, who was unarmed, during a heated argument. But her defense attorneys have insisted that she was the true victim of domestic abuse, and was protecting herself from Obumseli that night.
The ruling came weeks after prosecutors, during a two-day detention hearing, argued that Clenney was the true aggressor. Miami-Dade’s Medical Examiner testified that the wound penetrated deeply enough that it had to be an up-close stabbing, not her throwing the knife as she told police.
Judge Shearon Cruz agreed, writing in her order that the “defendant’s version of how victim’s stab wound occurred is not supported by the evidence.”
The state also argued that the fatal stabbing capped months of physical and verbal abuse heaped on Obumseli.
Prosecutors pointed to a series of suspected attacks by Clenney on Obumseli in the year or so before the killing. One resulted in her arrest in Las Vegas for battery. Several others — including two stabbings of Obumseli — were chronicled in a series of text messages released by the state.
Several audio recordings made by Obumseli revealed Clenney’s unhinged screaming at her boyfriend; on one occasion, she used a racial slur against him.
Clenney’s defense attorneys argued the recordings, texts and other evidence were cherry-picked and provided “a one-sided snapshot in time. It’s not the whole story.”
On Thursday, Puglisi stressed Clenney was not the aggressor and is still suffering from trauma associated with her abuse. “There is no question she is a victim of domestic violence,” Puglisi said.
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