Defendant fainted in court after he is found guilty
Diana Lovejoy, interrupt the jury’s verdict after found guilty on counts of conspiracy to commit murder, attempt to murder.
A California defendant, convicted in a failed murder-for-hire plot that targeted her ex-husband, fainted as the jury read the verdict Monday in a dramatic finale to the wonderful taste.
Diana Lovejoy, 45, collapsed in court after she was found guilty of conspiracy charges as well as attempted murder, in which loud cries from the courtroom.
When the court reconvened 30 minutes later, Lovejoy was no longer at the defense table — instead, they had already wheeled by paramedics, and transferred to a nearby hospital, FOX5 San Diego reported.
Defendant Diana Lovejoy fainted in court after hearing a part of the jury’s verdict.
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The same jury also found the gun instructor Weldon McDavid Jr., 50, guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in the plot.
Lovejoy and McDavid planned the crime after the meeting at a gun range, where they have the lessons and the contact with her ex-husband Greg Mulvihill on Sept. 1, 2016, while he pretends to be a private detective to claim that the information on his estranged while, according to the officers of justice.
The caller instructed Mulvihill in time to go to a secluded dirt road where he could pick up a package with materials related to Lovejoy, prosecutor Jodi Breton told jurors. Mulvihill and a co-worker, Jason Kovach, drove to the area to search for a package with tape on a utility pole.
Kovach testified that they saw some rustling in the bushes, then saw what appeared to be a person with a gun pointed at them. The witness said that the shots went off, and he and a wounded Mulvihill took off running.
Greg Mulvihill, left, was the victim of a murder-for-hire plot in which Weldon McDavid, Jr. and Diana Lovejoy.
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Breton said Mulvihill, 45, tried to reclaim his life after Lovejoy had made claims that he had molested their young son and sexually abused her. The couple had been separated since July 2014, and were in the final phase of completing their divorce, FOX5 reported.
The authorities later determined that the phone used to call Mulvihill was purchased by Lovejoy, and droppings found in the bushes at the place of the shooting were traced to McDavid.
McDavid’s lawyer, Ricky Crawford, said his client was a trained sniper and retired Marine who fired his gun only after he heard someone shout: “I have a gun!”
“If Weldon McDavid wanted to kill someone with his skills, that he would have done,” Crawford told the jury. “That was not his intention.”
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Lovejoy faces 25 years to life in prison, while McDavid faces 50 years to life in prison when they are sentenced Dec. 12.
Members of the jury that deliberated two days before reaching their verdicts told the San Diego Union-Tribune, they could not believe McDavid testimony.
“We wanted his story pretty much off the bat,” a 63-year-old male juror, who declined to give his name, told the newspaper. “He was lying. It was absurd.”