MIAMI A Miami-Dade County Supreme Court judge heard arguments over whether a bond should be issued for a social media model accused of her boyfriend’s death stab.
The hearing was set to determine whether Courtney Clenney, 26, would be released on bail, but after hours of testimony and statements from prosecutors and the defense, circuit judge Laura Shearon Cruz said she will announce her bail decision at a hearing during a hearing on December 8 at 9:30 am
Prosecutors have argued that the money Clenney made on sites like Only Fans could put her at risk of flight.
She earned over $900,000 in 2020 and over $1.8 million the following year.
Clenney, whose real name is Courtney Tailor and who has more than two million followers on Instagram, is charged with manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the stabbing to death of Christian Toby Obumseli at One Paraiso in April.
According to the warrant, Clenney claimed she threw the knife at Obumseli 10 feet away, but a graphic description from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Obumseli suffered a four-inch deep knife wound. The type of wound, they say, is caused by forceful pressure.
Clenney’s lawyer claims she defended herself against Obumseli when the stabbing took place.
She pleaded not guilty.
Dressed in a red prison jumpsuit, Clenney was in court for the hearing and listened as her father, Kim Clenney, testified that his daughter had been assaulted by her boyfriend.
“There is no question that she was a victim of domestic violence,” said lawyer Sabrina Puglisi. “And like any parent out there, he loves his daughter and is very upset about the situation.”
Attorney Frank Prieto said Clenney deserves bail.
“All the evidence presented in court made it very clear that she is not a danger to the community and is not a flight risk,” he said, adding that she was a victim of mental abuse and violence at the hands of her boyfriend.
The defense showed pictures of her with bruises on her body and fights with Obumsell.
Prieto said the maximum charge should be manslaughter.
The defense is asking that their client be released to her parents and locked up at home, but that she be required to wear a GPS monitor.
Assistant state attorney Shawn Abuhoff said Clenney had a history of assaulting her boyfriend and said he clearly died of a stab wound.
Prosecutors said it was not a self-defense case, arguing that Clenney had substance abuse issues and was inconsistent with her accounts of what happened between the pair.
The hearing on Clenney’s bail started last Tuesday. During those proceedings, she was visibly emotional after the 911 call of the fatal stabbing was played in court. On this you can hear her say I’m sorry to the dispatcher.
A Miami Police Department detective previously told the court that investigators initially believed the stabbing was in self-defense until they gathered more evidence.
One piece of evidence is a video showing Clenney assaulting Obumseli in an elevator just two months before the fatal stabbing.
Another hot topic in the courtroom was a series of damaging recordings made by Obumseli, on which she can be heard screaming racial insults and swear words. According to the defense, those recordings should be inadmissible.