A 26-year-old OnlyFans model and social media influencer charged with murdering her boyfriend has been denied bond, according to court records.
Courtney Clenney, known online as Courtney Tailor, was arrested and charged this month with second-degree murder of 27-year-old Christian “Toby” Obumseli, the model’s boyfriend. Obumseli was found stabbed to death inside a luxury condo in Miami on April 3.
Arguing before Judge Jacqueline Woodward in a Miami courtroom on Saturday morning, Clenney attorney Frank Prieto said there is not enough evidence for his client to be hit with a murder charge and asked for Clenney to be released on bail pending trial, Fox News reported.
“At best it’s manslaughter,” Prieto told Judge Woodward.
“Miss Clenney, your attorneys are here, and they’re fighting hard for you, but at this time, I’m not really the judge who should be making these decisions,” the judge said in the courtroom. “It should be a judge who knows a little bit more about your case.”
Following the incident, the model’s legal team has claimed Clenney was acting in self-defense and was choked on the night Obumseli died.
“Obumseli attacked her and choked her that evening; Courtney had no choice but to meet force with force,” Prieto has said.
Clenney was reportedly heard on the 911 call from the night of the incident saying, “I’m so sorry, baby,” while Obumseli said he felt like he was dying and was losing feeling in his arms.
“I’m completely shocked, especially since we were cooperating with the investigation and offered to voluntarily surrender her if she were charged,” Prieto told the Miami Herald, following his client’s arrest. “We look forward to clearing her name in court.”
Obumseli’s family says Clenney was not acting in self-defense, denying any allegation that the 27-year-old was violent with his girlfriend of two years.
“We have no cause to believe that this was a case of self-defense,” said Karen Egbuna, Obumseli’s cousin. “Toby was raised by a very strong family with strong morals, strong values, he does not come from that.”
Larry Handfield, a lawyer repressing the Obumseli family, has claimed the delay in Clenney’s arrest is about race.
“We believe it is white privilege, because any other person would’ve been arrested,” Handfield told Rolling Stone in April.
Authorities in recent weeks have responded to the delay, saying they had to get the evidence in order, and only have one shot to get the case right.