Florida prosecutors objected Friday to protecting proof secret within the homicide case of OnlyFans mannequin and accused boyfriend killer Courtney Clenney – after her protection lawyer requested a choose to restrict what may very well be launched to the general public.
Clenney, 26, allegedly stabbed Christian Obumseli, 27, to loss of life with a kitchen knife throughout a spat of their luxurious high-rise residence in April.
“It’s been the protection that has been frankly protecting this case inside media consideration,” stated the assistant state lawyer of Clenney’s lawyer Frank Prieto. “Mr. Obumseli was lifeless for 5 days and the protection was making statements to the media each in print and on tv and native information.”
The social media star-turned-inmate wasn’t current for the transient Zoom listening to. She continues to be locked up at Hawaii Group Correctional Middle on the Huge Island, the place she was arrested final week on one depend of second-degree homicide.
Within the movement filed Thursday, Prieto blasted Miami State Legal professional Kathie Fernandez Rundle for sharing surveillance video at a press convention of Clenney beating Obumseli in an elevator greater than a month earlier than his alleged homicide.
Prieto referred to as the discharge of the damning footage “an try by the federal government to prejudice and taint potential jury members in opposition to the defendant” and deprive her of a proper to a good trial.
Prieto has repeatedly stated that Clenney acted in self-defense after she says Obumseli strangled her.
The movement requested the choose to ban prosecutors from publicly releasing any proof with out permission from the court docket.
Prieto additionally filed an emergency movement to protect Obumseli’s physique for inspection – however the household’s lawyer, Larry Handfield, stated he had already been laid to relaxation in Dallas, Texas, weeks in the past.
“It could be sacrilegious and go in opposition to [the family’s] faith for the physique to be exhumed at any time,” Handfield informed the court docket, including that such “a unprecedented treatment” would additional traumatize his family members. The sufferer’s brother, Jeff Obumseli, and cousin, Karen Egbuna, listened in to the continuing.
The choose stated she’d subject a choice on the motions after conducting a listening to.
Clenney, who goes by Courtney Tailor on social media, was initially cleared by the Miami Police Division after telling them she acted in self-defense.
However Obumseli’s outraged household employed Handfield, who pressured authorities to proceed investigating, which in the end led to Clenney’s arrest.
Prosecutors say that Clenney, whereas on the cellphone together with her mom, plunged a kitchen knife 3 1/2 inches into Obumseli’s chest, slicing his subclavian artery.
It wasn’t clear what sparked the argument — however the couple fought ceaselessly throughout their tumultuous two-year romance.
Clenney was arrested in Las Vegas for battery in July 2020 after allegedly hurling a glass at Obumseli’s head, which narrowly missed him, in keeping with police information.
After the killing, video of Clenney handcuffed in a black bra and soaked in blood on the balcony of the couple’s three-bedroom pad went viral.
A couple of days later, the social media star, who has 2 million followers on Instagram, was noticed at a lodge bar having drinks together with her father, sparking public outrage.
Jeff Obumseli slammed authorities on Instagram days after the homicide, saying Clenney had been “handled otherwise due to her privilege as a rich white girl.”
Clenney isn’t combating extradition and is predicted to be returned to Florida.