Prosecutors in southern Florida have released surveillance video that shows Courtney Clenney attacking her boyfriend, Christian Obumseli, a month before his murder. Obumseli was punched several times, hit in the back and arms, and tried to push Clenney away from him.
Courtney Clenney is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend Christian Obumseli in their luxury Miami condo. She is heard screaming and cursing at him and using racial slurs in newly released recordings. Clenney called Obumseli the n-word and told him to “man up b—-” in another recording. She later yelled at him to find her phone and charge it.
Courtney Clenney’s attorneys released a statement Wednesday in response to the recordings, saying that their client was defending herself against a violent struggle with her ex-boyfriend. She had previously told Miami police officers she wanted a restraining order against her boyfriend, claiming that she was the true victim rather than him.
Clenny, who also goes by the name Courtney Taylor, called 911, saying her boyfriend had been stabbed and needed help. She is heard saying, “I’m so sorry, baby,” and that the couple’s abusive relationship “didn’t have to end in tragedy.”
However, this murder isn’t the first instance of domestic violence between the couple. Two days before the Incident, police body camera video shows an employee in their apartment building calling Miami police in regards to a domestic disturbance.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Rundle said Obumseli’s death was an avoidable “tragedy” and that security had previously documented their loud arguments and complaints from their neighbors.
Detectives spent months looking into whether or not this was truly a case of self-defense as Clenney’s attorneys previously claimed. Courtney Clenney is charged with murder in the second-degree with a deadly weapon and has yet to enter a plea.