Courtney Clenney: Judge denies defense request to suppress evidence

Lavinia Thompson

A judge has denied a request from Courtney Clenney’s attorney to suppress evidence, allowing into the upcoming trial evidence the defense claims isn’t relevant to the case, CBS is reporting.

The evidentiary hearing held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, laid out every piece of evidence the prosecution wishes to introduce during the trial, which includes crime scene photos, the murder weapon, and the timeline leading up to and following the death of Clenney’s boyfriend, Christian “Toby” Obumseli, CBS says.

Clenney has been charged with second-degree murder, CBS adds. On April 3, police responded to the luxury high-rise apartment the couple shared to find 27-year-old Christian “Toby” Obumseli suffering from a stab wound, and rushed him to the trauma center of Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died, Oxygen says.

According to a previous CBS report, Clenney was on the phone with her mother off and on within the half hour that she allegedly stabbed and killed Obumseli, who could be heard on the 911 call saying he was dying.

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Clenney allegedly claimed to police that Obumseli grabbed her by the throat and shoved her against a wall, after which she ran to the kitchen, grabbed the knife, and threw it at him from about ten feet away, CBS says, citing the arrest warrant.

However, a medical examiner determined that Obumseli was killed by a downward thrust of a knife, not a throw, according to Miami State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

After a troubled two-year relationship filled with tumultuous fights and domestic violence “on both sides”, as Rundle described, Clenney kicked Obumseli out of their apartment, though he returned on April 1, CBS reported.

Clenney’s defense attorney, Frank Prieto, stands by her self-defense claim, CBS says.

The prosecution wishes to introduce a video from Feb. 2022 of Clenney and Obumseli on the elevator in their apartment building, in which Clenney is allegedly seen hitting and shoving her boyfriend, CBS says. Neighbors and security guards within the building have claimed that the couple fought so loudly and often, it could be heard two floors up from their place, Rundle said in court.

Prieto voiced concerns over some of the evidence and its relevance to the case, as much of the evidence is from Clenney’s social media profiles, and he believes it could complicate the jury selection process, CBS reports.

“To vigorously defend my client, I'm not going to stand back and let her be a punching bag for the media. This case needs to be tried in this courtroom with the protections of a fair and impartial trial,” Pietro said, according to CBS.

Clenney had over two million followers on her Instagram and OnlyFans accounts, for which she was a model, and went by the name Courtney Tailer online, CBS says. YahooNews previously reported that her OnlyFans account has been deactivated.

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