By: Kyle James | 11-15-2017 | News
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Woman Who Hired Hitman Collapses After Hearing Verdict

No doubt being found guilty of a crime that could put you away for life would be very depressing, but for one Carlsbad woman it was too much to handle and she collapsed in shock.

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45-year-old Diana Lovejoy collapsed after hearing that the jury had found her guilty of conspiracy and murder charges after she hired a hitman to kill her ex-husband. Lovejoy didn't seem to actually faint since her eyes were still open but rather it appeared she went into shock and became unresponsive.

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Her co-defendant, Weldon McDavid Jr., is a former Marine and School of Infantry instructor who met Lovejoy while at the shooting range where she worked. McDavid Jr. was also found guilty and burst into tears upon hearing the verdict.

The whole plot started when Lovejoy and Greg Mulvihill divorced and went through a tense custody battle over their young son. Allegations of abuse and drug use unsued throughout a heated legal battle which ultimately ended in an agreement to shared custody and an agreement to pay $120,000 to her ex-husband, Mulvihill.

Jury forewoman Erin Reed said, "She didn’t want to share custody, and she didn’t want to give $120,000 to her husband." The payment was too much for Lovejoy and she decided she would put out a hit on her husband to have him killed.

Lovejoy paid $2,000 to McDavid who lured Mulvihill to a dark path in Carlsbad on September 1, 2016, around 11 p.m. and shot him. McDavid called Mulvihill using a burner phone and told him he would provide evidence that Mulvihill was abusive and he would leave the evidence on a pole along a dirt path near Rancho Santa Fe.

McDavid lay prone in bushes wearing camouflage and armed with a long gun. When Mulvihill arrived he spotted McDavid and that's when he was shot one time in the shoulder. The bullet exited through his back and Mulvihill survived the assassination attempt. McDavid tried to say that he didn't intend to hit Mulvihill and was only trying to shoot out the light in his hand.

The jurors did not buy McDavid's story and found both him and Lovejoy guilty. One juror said one of the big factors in their verdict was the testimony from Lovejoy's aunt who said that Lovejoy asked her if she knew someone who would scare or kill her husband.

Juror Reed said, "The defense they were giving just didn’t seem plausible. It seemed too far-fetched for what actually happened."

Lovejoy is facing 25 years to life in prison and McDavid is facing 50 years to life in prison.

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Anonymous No. 11911 2017-11-15 : 06:31

Don't do the crime if you can't take the time.

Anonymous No. 11933 2017-11-15 : 10:53

At a national avg of $128 a day, to house, treat, feed and guard a prison Inmate.

How can the Taxpayer see any justice in the sentence.

Let say she lives another 25 years to age 70.

That's $1,168,000.00 in 2017 dollars.

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