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A former OnlyFans model accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death will have to remain in jail at least until the end of her trial, a judge has ruled.
Courtney Clenney, 26 — who used the name Courtney Tailor professionally — has been charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in the April stabbing death of her boyfriend, Christian Tobechukwu “Toby” Obumseli, 27, in Miami.
Clenney was arrested for murder in Hawaii in August and extradited to Florida. She was denied bond almost immediately after her return, but her attorneys appealed that decision. In a November hearing about the bond appeal, prosecutors presented evidence that Clenney had earned more than $3 million as an OnlyFans model starting in 2020 — including $40,000 in the wake of Obumseli's stabbing death — and had both the means to leave the country and no particular ties to the Miami area.
Her attorneys countered that she had purchased property in her home state of Texas and could be be under her parents' supervision during home release pending trial.
The trial had been scheduled to begin on Dec. 19, and the judge filed paperwork after the bond hearing of the intention to rule on that question on Dec. 8, according to court records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Laura Shearon Cruz notified the lawyers in the case before the hearing that she would not be granting Clenney bond, the Miami Herald reported.
“The Court does not agree that placing defendant on house arrest with her parents in Texas is an appropriate form of release in this case,” she wrote in her ruling, noting that Clenney had a history of violating court orders of supervision in other states as well as both the means to leave and the ability earn money outside of the county.
Her lawyers, Frank Prieto and Sabrina Puglisi, stated they planned to appeal, suggesting her money was tied up in the home she purchased and spent on lawyers fees.
“She has no money left in her bank accounts,” Prieto told the judge.
Prosecutors, however, had noted during the November hearing that she'd transferred significant sums to other people after Obumseli's death, including more than $1.1 million to her father.
The judge also granted a motion for continuance in the case on Thursday, and scheduled a status hearing for Feb. 6, according to court dockets reviewed by Oxygen.com.
Clenney initially claimed that she'd thrown a knife at Obumseli during an argument in their Miami apartment during which he allegedly tried to choke her, but the autopsy revealed a three-inch stab wound that authorities say is inconsistent with that statement, and police stated she had no bruises consistent with an assault.
Prosecutors allege instead that Obumseli was a victim of domestic violence at Clenney's hands, and have released video and audio recordings they say documents her abusive and erratic behavior leading up to the murder. They also released a police bodycam recording of her two days before the murder in which she claimed Obumseli had been stalking her.
She had previously been arrested for domestic battery against Obumseli in Las Vegas, had racked up two driving while intoxicated charges (one in which she was convicted, with another pending) in Texas and police in both Texas and Miami had responded to multiple reports about arguments between the couple, who had been dating less than two years.
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