Courtney Clenney, an OnlyFans model, has reportedly been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her estranged boyfriend at their Miami apartment in April.
According to the Miami Herald, the 25-year-old was arrested in Hawaii on Wednesday (August 10) and is currently awaiting extradition to Florida, where she’ll face a charge of second degree murder for allegedly killing 27-year-old Christian “Toby” Obumseli.
Clenney was at a rehab facility in Hawaii for substance abuse when she was picked up by authorities.
“I’m completely shocked, especially since we were cooperating with the investigation and offered to voluntarily surrender her if she were charged,” Clenney’s attorney Frank Prieto told the newspaper. “We look forward to clearing her name in court.”
Obumseli's brother made a statement on Instagram about Clenney's arrest, saying it's "progress" in the case.
"Despite the disregard and injustice my family experienced, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office arrest and charging of Courtney Clenney for the murder of my brother Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli on April 3, 2022 is progress. Her arrest, although delayed for 129 days, brings us one step closer to justice," Jeffrey Obumseli captioned under a picture of him with his brother.
"The SAO’s investigation supports what we’ve said from the beginning," he continued. "This was not an act of self defense. Toby was a victim of domestic violence. He was unarmed when Clenney brutally stabbed him in the chest from behind. I was filled with heavy emotion after the report uncovered that Clenney spoke to her mother twice on the phone for over 13 minutes. As my brother bled out on the floor, she waited 13 minutes, and to Toby a LIFETIME before she called 911…13 whole minutes. Toby did not have to die. His killing warrants equal justice under the law. "
Obumseli concluded: "On behalf of the Obumseli family, thank you to everyone who continues to support, fight, and pray for us throughout this tragedy. The support carried me through the darkest time. Special thanks to Attorney Larry Handfield for his representation and advocacy. Lastly, thanks to the State Attorney's Office for their professionalism and thorough investigation. Clenney's arrest is a small collective victory in an ongoing fight for justice for Toby and fights against both domestic abuse and systemic racism."
On April 3, Clenney allegedly stabbed Obumseli in the luxury Miami high-rise apartment they lived in. The Miami Police, who had received previous domestic violence calls about the couple, found Clenny with blood soaked clothes in the apartment when they arrived.
The Miami-Dade County medical examiner told Rolling Stone that Obumseli’s death was ruled a homicide. Prieto alleges that his client stabbed Obumseli after he tried to choke her, and she was covered in blood from trying to revive him before calling 911.
But Obumseli’s family demands justice. They believe it was an unprovoked attack, but the police didn’t arrest Clenney because she’s a privileged white woman, Fox News reports.
Officers who responded to the stabbing observed bruises on Clenney’s arms and legs, but the cops were called that day because she was seen shoving Obumseli in common areas, Rolling Stone reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.
The couple’s friends said Clenney was typically the aggressor. A friend who knew them in Austin would often see her pulling him aside at gatherings to argue. Another friend, who is a social media influencer, recalled seeing Clenney pushing her boyfriend on multiple occasions, often starting an altercation over him allegedly looking at other women.
Clenney allegedly has a pattern of being the aggressor in relationships. One friend said Clenney attempted to stab an ex-boyfriend, and Larry Handfield, a lawyer for Obumseli’s family, said he interviewed an ex-boyfriend who claimed that she tried to stab him twice. The couple’s friends said Obumseli usually downplayed her aggression and blamed it on her drinking.
“He was always trying to be patient and [he] was like, ‘She’s only like that when she’s drinking,’ always making an excuse, and we would be like, it’s not cool. You can’t just be getting the crap beat out of you,” the unnamed Austin friend told Rolling Stone.
At the time of the killing, Clenney was due in a Texas court for driving under the influence on Sept. 16, 2020, the New York Post reported. She was also sued by a woman in Texas in a separate incident after a car crash.
Clenney’s attorney admitted to Rolling Stone that she was physically violent, but he claimed that witnesses have accused Obumseli of being abusive behind closed doors. However, the Austin friend rejected that allegation against Obumseli. She recalled Clenney denying to her that Obumseli was beating her in private.