Influencer Charged in Miami Apartment Stabbing Death of Boyfriend.
A popular person on Instagram has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death inside a high-end building in Miami in April.
Courtney Clenney, a 26-year-old model for OnlyFans, was arrested in Hawaii on Wednesday. She has been charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the death of her 27-year-old boyfriend, Christian Obumseli, on April 3. The Miami Herald was the first to report on the charges. On Thursday afternoon, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference to talk about the arrest. At the press conference, they will say that the arrest report is sealed, but that a “social media personality” has been charged with killing Obumseli.
Clenney’s defense lawyer, Frank Prieto, told The Daily Beast that the charges were true and that his client had been treated for PTSD in Hawaii. The lawyer also said that they are “disappointed that the State Attorney asked for an arrest warrant” and that his client has “helped with the investigation from the start.”
Prieto said, “We are completely shocked that Courtney was arrested when it was clear that she was acting in self-defense.” “That night, Obumseli attacked her and choked her; Courtney had no choice but to fight back.”
“We’ll fight hard to defend Courtney and clear her of this false accusation,” he said.
The Daily Beast asked the Miami Police Department for a comment, but they didn’t answer right away.
The arrest is the most important step in the investigation into the horrible murder. The Miami Police Department said before that on April 3, around 5 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the One Paraiso luxury building, where they found cryptocurrency worker Obumseli with a “knife wound.”
“Detectives found a woman at the scene and talked to her,” police said.
Obumseli was then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Obumseli’s death is still a mystery, but a police spokeswoman told The Daily Beast that the two men “had gotten into a physical fight” before the attack.
Local media also said that Clenney was detained at the scene and taken to a mental health facility. This was done under the state’s Baker Act, which lets police forcefully commit someone for up to 72 hours.
At the time, Prieto said that Clenney had done what he did to protect himself.
“We have always offered to self-surrender if charges were filed,” Prieto told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “This is an absolute injustice to charge a victim of domestic violence and human trafficking with a crime; Courtney was clearly defending herself.”
Clenney has 2 million followers on Instagram, 25,700 on TikTok, and 41,000 more on Twitter. On social media, she goes by the name “Courtney Tailor” and calls herself “that girl from the internet.” On her OnlyFans page, Clenney says, “Proud Texan, full-time fitness model and foodie living with my two dogs, Jesse and Ranger. I just moved to Miami, so I could use some good thoughts. Scary BIG change for this little girl from Texas.”
“Talk dirty to me” was written on her OnlyFans page on April 2. The day before, she wrote on her page, “I’m not always this mean… wait, I am lol.”
The couple recently moved from Texas to Florida, according to the Dallas Morning News, and early reports suggested that the fight that night was not the first time they had gotten into a physical fight.
“We’ve seen her hit him. Ashley Vaughn, who is friends with both of them, told Local10, “I’ve never seen him hit her.” “Based on what we’ve seen between them, we think Christian wouldn’t put her in a situation where she would have to stab him to protect herself.” (About a week before the incident, a neighbor told the same news outlet that they had seen Obumseli swing at her.)
Another friend told the outlet that the news and the fact that they had lost both Clenney and Obumseli had shocked their group of friends in Miami. Tahki Banks said, “We didn’t think it would go this far.”
Obumseli’s family said in a GoFundMe campaign that the “unconscionable” tragedy happened just a week before he turned 28. They said it is hard to believe that “someone’s selfish act took Christian from this world.” Obumseli’s family said he was “extremely kind” and had a “contagious smile that could brighten any room.” They also said they wanted justice for the “heinous act of violence.” When The Daily Beast asked the family for a comment, they didn’t answer right away.
“It’s not enough to say we’re shocked and hurting—we’re completely devastated,” the family said in the online campaign. “His death leaves a lot of questions unanswered and a hole that can never be filled. Even if you give it time.”