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Victim's Brother Says 'White Privilege' Is Protecting Instagram Model From Criminal Charges In Fatal Stabbing
Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli's brother says "white privilege" is protecting his girlfriend, Courtney Clenney, from faces charges in his fatal stabbing. Her attorney says Clenney acted in self-defense.
The grief-stricken brother of a Black man fatally stabbed by his white girlfriend, a popular Instagram model, said her “privilege as a wealthy white woman,” is protecting her from criminal charges.
Miami police said in a statement that Christian Tobechukwu “Toby” Obumseli,27, was stabbed during a physical altercation with a female, later identified as Courtney Clenney, 25, on April 3. Police said the investigation is continuing and no final decision has been made regarding charges.
The couple, according to multiple media reports, lived together at a luxury high-rise apartment complex in Edgewater, Florida.
An attorney for Clenney said this is a case of self-defense. Frank Prieto told Fox News Digital, “justice in this case demands that Courtney does not face any charges.”
"Courtney was not arrested because it is clear she was defending herself and was the victim of domestic violence," Prieto told the outlet. "As a former prosecutor with the Miami [State Attorney’s Office], the fact she has not been arrested or charged is indicative that the investigation has concluded she acted in self-defense."
Clenney, who uses the name Courtney Tailor on social media, has more than 2 million followers on Instagram. She also has a popular OnlyFans page.
“It’s been a week since my brother was brutally and senselessly killed. [Courtney’s] callous actions have not been met with an ounce of remorse,” Jeffrey Obumseli, the victim's brother, wrote on Instagram. “We see videos of Courtney kissing her dogs while covered in blood and casually getting drinks at a hotel bar days later while my brother lays in the morgue.”
TMZ released a video on Friday that appeared to show Clenney in handcuffs and covered in blood while wearing a bra and sweatpants, as she was questioned by police.
The Miami Herald reported that Clenney was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation.
Obumseli’s family met with Miami-Dade prosecutors on Friday.
“When the investigation is completed, the State Attorney Office will review the police department’s evidentiary presentation and take appropriate legal action in accordance with law,” the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said in a statement released after the meeting .
Clenney and Obumseli were together for about two years and had a turbulent relationship, friends told WPLG.
They had a physical altercation about a week before Obumseli’s death, the station reported.
The Herald reported that they split last month and Clenney was afraid to leave the apartment complex because Obumseli allegedly kept trying to gain access, even sleeping in common areas. Clenney was so fearful that her mother came to stay with her, according to the newspaper.
Police were called to the apartment on April 1 over a domestic dispute, and spotted bruises on Clenney’s arms and legs, the newspaper reported. They left without making any arrests
The fatal stabbing occurred two days after that incident.
Clenney said she stabbed Obumseli after he attacked her, pushing her to the ground and grabbing her neck, according to multiple media outlets.
Obumseli’s family, however, said the attack was unprovoked.
“The bottom line is inextricably clear: Courtney is being treated differently because of her privilege as a wealthy white woman,” Obumseli’s brother wrote. “Within 24 hours following Toby’s death, the detective on the case prematurely concluded that this was not a crime of violence. But the information provided is deficient, and the lack of transparency strongly suggests foul play is involved.”
Other family members have spoken out as well.
“Devastation doesn’t quite describe what the family is experiencing,” Obumseli’s cousin, Karen Egvunna told the Miami Herald. “He was raised in a very strong family with strong morals and strong values. He does not come from that. The idea that this was warranted is unfeasible.”
The family has started a GoFundMe page to cover the cost to return his body to his native Texas and other expenses including funeral arrangements and attorney fees. More than $73,000 has been raised.