The OnlyFans star’s lawyer, Courtney Clenney, is asking that the corpse of her boyfriend – who she is accused of murdering – be dug up and inspected by a medical expert to clear his name.
Clenney, 26, is currently awaiting transfer from Hawaii to Miami where she faces second degree murder for allegedly murdering 27-year-old Christian Obumseli in their Florida apartment on April 3.
Lawyer Frank Prieto will appear in court on Friday to ask prosecutors to allow Obumseli’s body to be “inspected” by an outside medical expert to prove the model acted in self-defense.
Miami attorney Katherine Fernandez said Clenney claimed he stabbed Obumseli in the chest in self-defense after grabbing her by the throat at their luxury apartment in the One Paraiso building in Edgewater, Miami in April, according to the Miami Herald.
Clenney said she threw the knife at her boyfriend from more than 10 feet away, but Fernandez said the autopsy revealed a deep wound that could only be performed from a close distance.
The OnlyFans model was temporarily arrested after cops found her covered in blood on her balcony, but was later released because they believe she acted in self-defense.
She was on the Big Island of Hawaii where she was being treated for drug addiction and PTSD. Cops in Hawaii then arrested her on August 10 and charged her with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
The lawyer for Courtney Clenney, 26, is expected to ask a judge on Friday for permission to dig up the body of her boyfriend, whom she allegedly murdered in April. Attorney Frank Prieto will have an outside medical expert inspect the body
Christian Obumseli (above) was stabbed to death on April 3 at the Miami apartment he shared with Clenney
Clenney is shown April 3 after allegedly stabbing Obumseli on the balcony of their home. She is covered in blood as her dog watches her
Frank Prieto, Clenney’s lawyer, suggests she is innocent and acted in self-defense after her boyfriend grabbed her by the throat
Miami attorney Katherine Fernandez has denied Clenney’s claim that she stabbed him remotely after an autopsy revealed otherwise
Obumseli’s body was buried in Texas after his death. The 27-year-old family’s attorney, Larry Handfield, said the effort by Clenney’s lawyer was “an act of desperation” and that digging up the body would go against the family’s religious values.
Meanwhile, Prieto also asks to stop the publication of evidence against Clenney without the material judge’s first initial inspection.
His motion comes after elevator footage from the couple’s Miami apartment emerged that showed the model violently hitting and kicking Obumseli two months before his death.
The footage is set to Clenney slapping and pulling her boyfriend’s hair as he desperately tried to fend off his punches.
Preito seeks to prevent the evidence from being considered by jurors until the judge can “determine its relevance [and] probative value.
The gruesome footage shows Courtney Clenney, 26, launching a blistering attack on Christian Obumseli, 27, two months before she killed him in Miami
She jumped up and grabbed his hair from behind, pulling his head back before punching him in the side of the head.
The 27-year-old family’s lawyer, Larry Handfield, says Clenney’s attorney’s effort to ask for her body to be dug up is ‘an act of desperation’ and would go against religious values of the family.
Clenney and Obumseli, a cryptocurrency trader, had been dating for less than two years and their relationship was rocky.
She was arrested for domestic battery in Las Vegas and the police were called to her Austin, Texas home multiple times.
The couple moved to Miami earlier this year and staff and residents of the One Paraiso apartment building where they lived reported multiple complaints of domestic disturbances about the couple, and even moved to evict them.
Clenney and her lawyer claim she was forced to stab Obumseli after grabbing her by the throat on April 3.
Staff and residents of the One Paraiso building where they lived reported multiple complaints of domestic disturbances about the couple
Obumseli’s brother in April was angered that she was not charged immediately for her death, saying it was “because of her ‘privilege’ as a ‘rich white woman’ and not because of his claim of self-defence”.
But in a statement posted on Instagram, the victim’s brother Jeffrey Obumseli – and his family – wrote that they did not believe Clenney and demanded that she be charged with killing the brother he called Toby.
The model was captured on video covered in blood on her high-rise balcony just after the incident.
“The result is inextricably clear: Courtney is treated differently because of her privilege as a wealthy white woman,” Jeffrey Obumseli wrote on Instagram.
“Within 24 hours of Toby’s death, the detective handling the case prematurely concluded that it was not a violent crime.”
Obumseli’s family of Austin, Texas continues to demand answers. His family is raising money for him on GoFundMe.
On their page, they say he was the victim of a “heinous act of violence”.
“Christian Toby Obumseli was murdered in Florida a week before his 28th birthday. It is inadmissible to make sense of our new reality.
‘That someone’s selfish act snatched Christian from this world. It is not enough to say that we are shocked and hurt – we are completely devastated.
“His murder leaves many questions unanswered and creates a void that can never be repaired or filled. Not even over time.
“Christian was extremely compassionate and always had a desire to uplift those around him. He did not deserve to have his life cut short by a heinous act of violence,” it read.
Jeffrey Obumseli, the brother of Christian Tobechukwu ‘Toby’ Obumseli, claimed in April that the victim’s OnlyFans girlfriend had not been charged in his death due to her “privilege” as a “rich white woman” and not because of his allegation of self-defense.
In a statement posted to Instagram in April, the victim’s brother, Jeffrey Obumseli – and his family – wrote that they did not believe Clenney and demanded that she be charged with his murder.
Throughout the investigation, Clenney had been posting X-rated content to her OnlyFans page since she allegedly killed her boyfriend.
The X-rated content had appeared on her site a day after she killed Obumseli, but it is unclear if it had been scheduled to go live before the incident.
Almost a day after his arrest, Clenney’s page was taken down.
Her Instagram account remains active but she hasn’t shared an image for 19 weeks.
The final post showed her in a skimpy pink dress in Miami with the caption: “My face thinking about a new pair of talons…what color should I get?”