California defendant faints after being found guilty in murder conspiracy plot

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Diana Lovejoy, of Carlsbad, and her Oceanside gun instructor, Weldon McDavid Jr., were convicted Monday of the conspiracy charge as well as attempted murder. The witness said shots rang out, and he and a wounded Mulvihill took off running.

During the heated divorce and custody battle, Lovejoy had accused her ex-husband of molesting their son and sexually abusing her, according to prosecutors.

Fox 5 footage shows the moment a wide-eyed Lovejoy learned of her guilty verdict.

Lovejoy faces 25 years with a maximum of life in prison, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brad Patton, Lovejoy's attorney, said his client had taken out a temporary restraining order against Mulvihill because she claimed he was abusing her and their son.

A TV reporter who attended to Lovejoy before paramedics wheeled her out on a gurney told the newspaper it appeared that she had been overcome by shock.

A woman has fainted just seconds after being found guilty of conspiring to murder her ex-husband.

McDavid and Lovejoy will be sentenced on December 12.

Greg Mulvihill, Weldon Mc David Jr. and Diana Lovejoy
Greg Mulvihill, Weldon Mc David Jr. and Diana Lovejoy

Lovejoy's episode delayed her 50-year-old co-defendant's verdict reading, who was also found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

He added McDavid was a trained marksman and that, "If Weldon McDavid wanted to kill someone with his skill set, he would have done so". The bullet struck him under his left armpit, and exited out of his back.

Jurors who deliberated two days before reaching their verdicts told the San Diego Union-Tribune they didn't believe McDavid's testimony.

Cries could be heard as Ms Lovejoy fainted and law enforcement tried to revive her. "He was lying. It was getting absurd at times". McDavid said he thought Lovejoy could use that against Mulvihill in the custody battle. "But that didn't change any of our verdicts".

An unnamed juror told the paper, "We rejected [McDavid's] story pretty much right off the bat".

Lovejoy's own aunt told the court a year before the shooting her niece asked if she knew someone who could scare or harm her husband.

Police found human feces in the bushes at the scene of the shooting that were traced to McDavid and determined the phone used to call Mulvihill regarding the materials was purchased by Lovejoy. McDavid said that the idea was that if such a sketchy phone call could lure Mulvihill to a dark spot, he must be guilty of something.

Lovejoy, a software technical writer, met McDavid at the gun range where he worked. "It seemed too far-fetched for what actually happened".