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OnlyFans model accused of murdering boyfriend in Miami to stay jailed until trial

David Ovalle, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI — The OnlyFans model accused of murdering her boyfriend in Miami won’t be getting out of jail to await trial.

A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday ruled that Courtney Clenney must remain behind bars as she awaits trial for the killing of Christian Obumseli on April 3 inside their luxury Edgewater apartment. Clenney, 27, is charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in a case that has attracted worldwide media attention.

The judge notified attorneys hours before Thursday morning’s hearing. In court, Clenney — wearing a red jail jumpsuit reserved for high-profile inmates — appeared emotional as her attorneys delivered her the news, dabbing her eyes with tissue.

In her order, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Laura Shearon Cruz sided with prosecutors who had argued that Clenney made millions on the U.K.-based adult webcam site, and could earn a living overseas if she fled the country. She wrote that Clenney, of Texas, “has no ties to Florida and ample means to leave the country were she to choose to do so. The Defendant has substantial funds at her disposal and the ability to make more outside of the jurisdiction of the United States.”

Shearon Cruz also pointed out that Clenney has a history of violating court orders of supervision in other cases outside of Florida.

“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.

 

Defense attorneys Frank Prieto and Sabrina Puglisi said they will consider an appeal, and took exception to the judge’s description of her finances. Her savings were used to buy a home and pay legal fees, Prieto told the judge and reporters after the hearing.

“She has no money left in her bank accounts,” Prieto said.

The hearing was attended by relatives of Obumseli, who flew in from Texas. Their Miami attorney, Larry Handfield, said the family was gratified and looks forward to Clenney’s trial.

“They were very happy, crying,” he told The Miami Herald on Thursday morning. “They feel a sense of justice.”

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