On April 3, a week before his 28th birthday, Christian “Toby” Aubumseli was stabbed to death by his 25-year-old girlfriend, Courtney Klenney, in a luxurious Miami high-rise apartment after what police said was a domestic argument.
Clenny, a white social media influencer and OnlyFans model, also known by that name. Courtney Taylor on social networking sites and has millions of followers. He received a 911 call after he stabbed Obumseli, a cryptocurrency investor who is black. When police arrived at the couple’s apartment, Obumseli was taken to a local hospital, where he died from a stab wound to the chest. reports the Miami Herald.. Klennie was handcuffed in the apartment and told police that she feared for her life and acted in self-defense.
She was eventually hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation under Florida’s Baker Law, which provides emergency psychiatric care and temporary detention for people at risk of suicide or a mental health crisis, but she was soon released and was noticed. at the hotel bar five days after the stabbing and still not loaded.
Miami PD declined to comment to Yahoo News on the decision not to charge Klennie, instead emailing an official statement about the incident.
“A preliminary investigation found that both Mr. Obumseli and the woman were involved in a physical altercation,” the statement said. incident”.
Clenny and Oumseli, who had recently moved together from Austin, Texas, to Miami, were known to police even before they were fatally shot. Department sources told the Miami Herald that officers have been called to their apartment at least four times over the past few months in connection with the riots, but not a single arrest has been made.
Now that three weeks have passed and no charges have been filed against Klennie, the Obumseli family is demanding answers in the case.
“The family just wants accountability,” Larry Handfield, an attorney for the Obumseli family, told Yahoo News. “That’s all the family needs.
The family’s dissatisfaction with the police began from the very beginning. In fact, Handfield said, the Miami police did not notify them of Oumseli’s death. Instead, they say they learned about it from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, calling them two days after the murder and asking if they would like to donate Oumseli’s organs. At first, the family thought it was a prank. (The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine did not respond to multiple Yahoo News requests for comment.)
The next day, the family flew to Miami from Texas to meet with detectives and were disappointed that the police appeared to have already made a decision about the events surrounding Oumseli’s death. Moreover, according to Handfield, they felt dismissed and disrespected by the police.
“They were told that Kourtney had declared self-defense and they believed her and there was no need for an investigation,” he said. “The detective came to a conclusion less than 24 hours after arriving at the scene. This is completely inappropriate and something that should never happen.”
“We have no reason to believe that this was a case of self-defense,” said Obumseli’s cousin Karen Egbuna. press conference five days after the murder.
Handfield said he thought the police treated Klennie predominantly because she was white.
“I believe that if she was black, she would have been arrested and [police would have] let the process play itself out,” he said. “But because she was treated with privileges, she was not arrested.”
But Klennie’s attorney, Frank Prieto, denied that account, telling Yahoo News that if Klennie’s testimony hadn’t been confirmed, she would have been arrested.
“I don’t believe privileges matter,” he said. “The crime scene was carefully examined. … If her statement didn’t fit with how the scene looked, there would have been an arrest.”
Prieto added that there is evidence of domestic violence that proves the couple had a “stormy relationship”. On the night of the incident, Prieto said he saw bruises on Klennie’s body at the police station.
“They both have a history of physical relationships with each other,” he said. “The Friday before [Obumseli was killed]the police were called to the apartment due to a domestic dispute, and only because Klenney did not want to press charges, Obumseli was not arrested.
According to Prieto, Clenny is now in therapy after the incident.
“She is grieving and completely devastated,” he said. “It’s a tragedy that a young man died, but … it was self-defense, and it affected her life as well.”
Prieto and Handfield note that Clenny has pending cases in other states, including a 2020 arrest in Texas for drunk driving and an outstanding 2015 court order for public drunkenness in California.
According to friends and acquaintances of Obumseli and Clenny, the couple broke up last month. CBS Miamiand Obumseli was reportedly sleeping in common areas from their Miami apartment a few days before the stabbing.
This was announced by a close friend of the couple Ashley Vaughn. Local 10 News that until the evening of April 3, she and her friends saw Clenny hit Obumseli, and not vice versa.
“From what we personally experienced between the two of them, we believe that Christian would not put her in a position where she would have to stab him to protect herself,” she said.
However, a neighbor who had a direct view of the couple’s apartment said he witnessed Oumseli stabbing Klenney a week before the fatal stabbing.
Out of distrust of the Miami Police Department, the Obumselis conduct their own investigation and turn over additional witnesses, along with names, numbers and addresses, to the state’s attorney’s office.
“We provide information that the police should have provided,” Handfield said. “There are many witnesses who can establish the context and it will show that throughout their relationship, the person who was aggressive about everything was the suspect Ms. Courtney.”
Brother Obumseli, Geoffrey Obumseli, created GoFundMe raise money for funerals, lawsuits and consultations, among other fees. As of Wednesday morning, the effort has raised over $81,000.
Cover photo thumbnail: Yahoo News; photo: via Instagram, family handout