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Christian “Toby” Obumseli was a handsome Texan who came to Miami to work in cryptocurrency. His girlfriend was Courtney Clenney, from Michigan, a social media influencer who has millions of followers on Instagram and OnlyFans.
On Sunday, Clenney fatally stabbed Obumseli, 27, inside their luxury Edgewater apartment in what Miami police said was a domestic dispute.
But five days after the murder, police and prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge Clenney, 25, as they try to determine whether she was acting in self-defence.
Obumseli’s supporters have taken to social media to demand an arrest in the case, and his relatives plan to hold a press conference Friday afternoon outside the state attorney’s office. On Friday, celebrity gossip website TMZ.com also posted a video of a handcuffed and bloodstained Clenney speaking to Miami police officers – shaky footage apparently taken from an adjacent building.
“His murder leaves many questions unanswered and creates a void that can never be repaired or filled. Not even over time,” his brother wrote on a GoFundMe page.
Clenney is known as Courtney Tailor on her social media platforms, where she has over two million followers. She and Obumseli had been dating for less than two years.
His attorney said Clenney was a victim of domestic violence and only acted out of fear for his life.
“As Courtney struggles with the pain of being a survivor of domestic violence and the aftermath of the events that night, we ask the community and Christian’s family to allow the police and state to carry out their independent investigation into the events,” said Frank Prieto. . “It’s a tragedy for everyone involved, but it wasn’t criminal behavior; Courtney was defending herself and the investigation will reveal exactly that.
The knife attack happened at El Paraiso, 650 NE 32nd St., where the two had lived. Clenney frantically called 911 in a panic, and Obumseli was rushed to hospital, where he died from a single stab wound to the front of his chest.
“Preliminary investigation has determined that Mr. Obumseli and the woman were involved in a physical altercation,” Miami police said in a statement.
She was then hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation.
Friends of the couple and witnesses gave WPLG Channel 10 various accounts of what appeared to be a rocky relationship. A neighbor told the station that Obumseli hit her about a week ago.
The couple had apparently broken up last month, with Clenney’s mother coming to help her daughter, who was afraid to leave the apartment because Obumseli kept trying to find ways to get into the building and sleep in the common areas, multiple sources said.
Then, on Friday, April 1, Miami police were called to the apartment due to a domestic dispute. Miami police officers noticed bruises on Clenney’s arms and legs, law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald. No arrests were made at that time.
The fatal stab wound took place two days later. After Sunday’s stabbing, Clenney claimed she only stabbed Obumseli after he attacked her, pushed her to the ground and grabbed her neck, ISIS sources said. order to the Herald.
Under Florida Stand Your Ground law, prosecutors must completely disprove an allegation of self-defense before filing charges or taking the case to a jury.
The Miami-Dade State’s Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Family members were scheduled to meet with prosecutors at 3 p.m., before the press conference.
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