Facing premeditated murder charge, Instagram model Courtney Cleanney has appeared in bond court
Miami Instagram model Courtney Cleanney appeared in bond court on Saturday morning, accused of stabbing her boyfriend in their shared apartment.
Kleiny, 26, also known as Courtney Taylor, who has more than two million followers on Instagram, was charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in the murder of Christian Toby Obomselli in April of this year.
She is currently detained at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Her attorney, Frank Prieto, says there was a problem with the arrest warrant.
“I feel it is important for the court to recognize that the arrest warrant that the judge signed that he found probable cause, however, there is no probable cause of second degree murder…at best is manslaughter.”
Prieto claims that there are several errors in the command indicating hand-picked text messages and alleged bruises.
He says he has proof.
“The investigator also noted that there were no signs of bruising consistent with Ms. Cleaney’s case. I was in the homicide unit and had pictures of her bruises.”
She addressed Judge Cleaney and said she was not the judge who should make these decisions and wanted a judge who knew more about her case to take charge.
“I don’t want to make any kind of judgment and then risk any kind of right to a judge before a judge who might be more familiar with the facts of the case… For all these reasons, I’m going to abstain at this moment from my opinion and allow this case to be returned before the judge who will take the case” .
They are not making any other judgment besides telling Cleaney that she is there because she was arrested under a warrant and currently charged with second degree murder and will go before a judge for a more in-depth conversation at that time.
Arrainment is scheduled for September 6.
Prior to her extradition, Cleaney was being held without bail in Hawaii.
The Miami State Attorney’s Office released a video at the beginning of August showing Clinie attacking Obomsele in an elevator just two months before police said they had stabbed him to death.
According to the arrest warrant, Cleaney claimed she threw the knife at Obumseli from 10 feet away, but a graphic description from the medical examiner’s office revealed that Obumseli had suffered a knife wound three inches deep. The type of wound, as they say, is caused by strong pressure.
CBS4 has learned that domestic violence has been a constant in Obumseli and Clenney’s two-year relationship.
According to the arrest warrant, “A Paraiso security officer documented several incidents of controversy, including complaints from tenants two floors above, that the building’s management was moving toward legal action to evict the couple.”
Prieto said she was in Hawaii seeking professional help to deal with the trauma of the night of the stabbing.