OnlyFans mannequin Courtney Clenney, who’s charged with second-degree homicide within the killing of boyfriend Christian Obumseli contained in the couple’s luxurious Edgewater condo earlier this yr, made her first look earlier than a Miami-Dade County choose on Saturday.
Clenney was arrested in Hawaii earlier this month, and was booked into the Miami-Dade County jail on Friday after being extradited.
Whereas in court docket Saturday, Clenney’s legal professional, Frank Prieto, requested Miami-Dade bond court docket Choose Jacqueline Woodward to reevaluate whether or not possible trigger exists for the arrest warrant.
Prieto argued possible trigger doesn’t exist for second-degree homicide, however maybe exists for a manslaughter cost.
“There’s several misstatements indicating the government cherrypicked certain text messages,” stated Prieto. “I have the full text message where they tried to indicate that the Mom was somehow insinuating to say self-defense, which is not true. The detective also indicated there’s no signs of bruising that were consistent with Ms. Clenney. I was at the homicide unit and I have photographs of her bruising. So I think that pursuant to Franks vs. Delaware, Your Honor, can in fact reevaluate the probable cause if you excised those portions of the ever arrest affidavit.”
Assistant State Legal professional, Khalil Quinan, pushed again in opposition to Prieto’s argument, saying bond court docket was not the correct venue for such a choice.
“First and foremost, a Franks hearing pertains to search warrants,” stated Quinan. “Second of all, that’s a scheduled hearing where it’s an evidentiary hearing. Third of all, that would be before the trial court. Fourth of all, that’s not what is pertinent at first appearance, in particular where another judge found probable cause. I can go on all day Judge. At this stage, it is inappropriate for a first appearance, judge, to be addressing these non-substantive matters on this proceeding. This is something that counsel should raise through a written motion before the trial court.”
After listening to each arguments, Choose Woodward abstained from making a choice on whether or not possible trigger for the arrest warrant existed.
“Ms. Clenney your attorneys are here, and they’re fighting hard for you,” stated Woodward. “But at this time, I’m not the judge who should be making these decisions. It should be a judge who knows a little bit more about your case. So we’re not going to be making any other ruling other than just telling you that today you are here because you were arrested on a warrant, you at present charged with second-degree murder, and that you’re going to go in front of your judge and have more of an in-depth conversation at that time.”
At the moment, Clenney is being held and not using a bond.
Authorities stated Clenney – who glided by the title Courtney Tailor on social Media together with OnlyFans and Instagram, the place she has greater than 2 million followers – fatally stabbed Obumseli within the condo they shared within the luxurious One Paraiso rental constructing in Edgewater.
The couple, who had moved to South Florida from Texas in January 2022, had been “involved in an extremely tempestuous and combative relationship” since November 2020, Miami-Dade State Legal professional Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated at a information convention earlier this month.
Fernandez Rundle stated Obumseli had been a sufferer of home violence earlier than Clenney fatally stabbed him.
However Clenney’s legal professional stated she was the sufferer of abuse and stated the stabbing was an act of self-defense.
Shortly after they moved in to One Paraiso, safety and constructing workers started documenting a number of incidents of loud arguments between the couple, with different tenants complaining concerning the noises, together with some two flooring above them, Fernandez Rundle stated.
Fernandez Rundle confirmed surveillance footage of the couple engaged in a violent encounter within the constructing’s elevator on Feb. 21, a few month after they moved in.
“It certainly appears that the defendant was aggressively attacking Christian,” Fernandez Rundle stated.
Video launched by Miami-Dade State Legal professional Katherine Fernandez-Rundle reveals a violent encounter in an elevator between Courtney Clenney and Christian Obumseli in February 2022.
However Prieto stated the video does not depict the occasions main as much as what occurred within the elevator.
“It is a shame that the State Attorney’s Office is seeking to win this case in the court of public opinion by showing an irrelevant and likely inadmissible video of Courtney in an elevator getting physical with Obumseli,” his assertion stated.
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The combating got here to an finish the afternoon of April 3, when Clenney referred to as 911 to report that Obumseli had been stabbed and wanted Help. He later died from his harm.
Fernandez Rundle stated Clenney admitted to police to having prompted the three-inch stab wound to Obumseli’s chest, however gave inconsistent accounts concerning the incident.
Clenney advised investigators that Obumseli shoved her in opposition to a wall by her neck, then threw her to the bottom and when he allowed her to rise up, she grabbed a knife from a kitchen, Fernandez Rundle stated.
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She stated that as Obumseli began coming towards her, she threw the knife at him from about 10 ft, Fernandez Rundle stated.
However the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner decided that the knife got here at a downward angle, and stated that throwing it would not have prompted the deadly wound, Fernandez Rundle stated.
In his assertion, Prieto stated the medical expert “has formulated conclusory opinions that will not stand up to scientific scrutiny,” and stated the arrest warrant “contains deceptive and incomplete statements.”
Prieto stated it is a self-defense case and a trial will show it.
“Unfortunately, it appears that the prosecutors have taken ‘the easy way out’ by charging Courtney; effectively placing the decision to clear Courtney of these charges in the hands of the judge and jury,” Prieto stated. “We are confident she will be exonerated, and Courtney will be seen for what she is: a victim of domestic abuse that survived her abuser.”