An Instagram and OnlyFans model who’s accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in a Florida high-rise several months ago will remain behind bars ahead of her trial.
On Saturday, a judge denied bond for 26-year-old Courtney Clenney, who was extradited to Miami this month after her Aug. 10 arrest in Hawaii. She is accused in the April murder of her partner, Christian “Toby” Obumseli.
Clenney, who went by Courtney Tailor on social media, is charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for in Obsumeli’s death. She previously entered a written plea of not guilty, online court records obtained by Oxygen.com show.
During her Saturday court hearing, Clenney’s lawyers argued that there was no probable cause to justify a second-degree murder charge, arguing manslaughter was a more appropriate charge. Her legal team had previously accused Obsumeli of longstanding domestic abuse.
“The detective also indicated there's no signs of bruising that were consistent with Ms. Clenney,” her lawyer Frank Prieto said, WTVJ reported. “I was at the homicide unit and I have photographs of her bruising. So I think that pursuant to Franks vs. Delaware, Your Honor, can in fact reevaluate the probable cause if you excised those portions of the arrest affidavit.
"I’m not really the judge who should be making these decisions,” Miami-Dade Judge Jacqueline Woodward said, according to Law & Crime. “It should be a judge who knows a little bit more about your case.”
The defense was ordered to file a motion with its arguments.
Miami police found Obumseli suffering from an apparent stab wound at the couple’s luxury high-rise apartment complex in Edgewater, Florida on April 3. The 27-year-old was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.
Clenney, who was found by police on the scene at the couple's apartment, insisted she'd killed her boyfriend in self-defense, telling detectives she’d thrown a knife at Obsumeli in the midst of an argument during which he allegedly had assaulted her. An autopsy, however, determined that his fatal three-inch stab wound had been made by someone thrusting the knife at a downward angle and conflicted with her claims, the Miami Herald reported.
Clenney was ultimately taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Aug. 10 in Hawaii, four months after Obsumeli’s killing.
Following her arrest, prosecutors released surveillance footage from February of Clenney assaulting Obumseli in an elevator at their upscale Miami apartment.
“The violent and toxic two-year relationship of these individuals did not have to end in tragedy with Christian’s murder as a victim of domestic violence,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement on Aug. 11 announcing charges against Clenney. “No personal relationship should ever involve domestic violence. Make no mistake about it, domestic violence is a crime, and no one should tolerate it.”
Photo: Hawai‘i Police Department
Prieto didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s requests for comment on Monday.
The couple had moved from Texas to Florida in early 2022. Clenney has upwards of two million followers on Instagram and OnlyFans, though her OnlyFans account was deactivated last week, according to Yahoo News.
Obumseli’s brother has previously spoke out about the case, blasting officials for neglecting to immediately press charges against Clenney over her perceived “white privilege”.
Clenney is currently being held at a Miami-Dade County jail pending trial. She’s scheduled to appear for an arraignment on Wednesday, according to court records, and for an evidentiary hearing on Sept. 6.