OnlyFans model pleads not guilty to boyfriend's murder
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Courtney Clenney has pled not guilty to the second-degree murder charges she faces for stabbing her boyfriend to death.
Courtney Clenney, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday 10 August, in Hawaii for the offence of second-degree murder.
She stabbed her boyfriend Christian Obumseli, following a domestic dispute and could be facing life behind bars in the ongoing trial. Clenney argues she stabbed Obumseli in self defence.
On Wednesday, 31 August, Clenney pled not guilty to the charges against her at the Miami court house.
While Clenney was not present at the hearing, her lawyer Frank Prieto appeared before Judge Diana Vizcaino to issue the influencer's plea.
"We’ll stand on our written pleadings to not guilty, your honour," Prieto said.
The trial is currently ongoing, with Clenney expected to appear in court at a later date.
For those not familiar with the case, the incident occurred back in April, with Clenney, known professionally as Courtney Tailor, then being extradited from Hawaii to Florida for her trial.
Police confirmed her arrest in a statement, saying: "Members of the Hawaii Police Department assisted and stood by while Clenney was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service.
While Clenney and her lawyer are pleading not guilty, Obumseli's family are eager to see her convicted of second-degree murder.
Karen Egbuna, a cousin of Obumseli, told CBS Miami: "We have no cause to believe that this was a case of self-defence. Toby was raised by a very strong family with strong morals, strong values, he does not come from that."
The family's attorney Larry Handfield went on to tell TMZ that the family wants justice in the form of a life sentence.
Handfield has previously criticised police in the case, saying that they were influenced by Clenney's 'blonde hair and blue eyes'.
Despite the family's plea, Prieto is hoping for a full acquittal for his client, saying: "Although the State Attorney, by law, must consider the wishes of the next of kin in a criminal case, those wishes often have to give way to more reasonable minds.
"While we understand the family is grieving the loss of Mr. Obumseli, and they want justice, justice in this matter will be the acquittal of Courtney on all charges."
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