The influencer - who goes by the name of Courtney Tailor on social media - is set to face second-degree murder charges following the fatal stabbing attack on her estranged boyfriend at her Miami home. She was arrested in Hawaii on Wednesday and is now scheduled for extradition to Florida, where she will be charged.
Clenney - who has more than two million followers on Instagram - was in rehab for substance abuse and PTSD when she was arrested by police. Frank Prieto, her defense attorney, told the Miami Herald newspaper: "I am completely shocked, especially as we have cooperated with the investigation and offered to voluntarily extradite her if she is charged. We look forward to clearing her name in court.” Prieto has insisted his client acted in self-defense when she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. The attorney claimed that he had been stalking her for several weeks and that Clenney only stabbed him after she was grabbed by the throat.
The couple had been living together in the apartment for several months. However, staff claimed that there had been numerous incidents of domestic violence and efforts had already been made to evict the couple from the property. Miami police previously described Obumseli's death as a domestic violence incident, noting that a physical altercation led to the fatal stabbing. However, Larry Handfield - the lawyer representing the Obumseli family - urged authorities to reconsider the case. The decision to reopen the investigation has now led to Clenney's arrest. In contrast, Prieto has admitted the pair had a "toxic relationship" and insisted the stabbing was a case of self-defense.