Woman collapses after found guilty in alleged botched murder

Defendant Diana Lovejoy faints in court after hearing part of the jury's verdict

The southern California woman and her estranged husband, Greg Mulvihill, spent two years tangled in a divorce and custody battle over their son before reaching an agreement that put Lovejoy on the hook for $120,000.

Footage from inside the courtroom shows Lovejoy looking around the room in shock as the verdict was read out before becoming overwhelmed with the news and slumping in her chair.

Lovejoy and McDavid face 25 years to life and 50 years to life respectively when they are sentenced next month, according to KSWB.

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. She was later taken to hospital.

After the restraining order elapsed, Lovejoy still had concerns about her estranged husband but "at no time was there a discussion (or) conspiracy to murder her husband", Patton told the jury. Seconds later, Lovejoy faints, her head making a loud thud on the table as it was announced Weldon McDavid Jr., 50, was also found guilty. Sentencing was set for December 12.

The question was whether the expert gunman did it as a $2,000 hired hitman, or whether he was simply trying to shoot out the light Mulvihill was carrying in his left hand.

In court, McDavid's attorney claimed that if the veteran and trained marksman had wanted to kill Mulvihill, that's exactly what he would have done.

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

Cries could be heard as Ms Lovejoy fainted and law enforcement tried to revive her.

An unnamed juror told the paper, "We rejected [McDavid's] story pretty much right off the bat. But that didn't change any of our verdicts".

Using a burner phone Lovejoy bought, McDavid called Mulvihill and pretended to be a private investigator on the night of the shooting.

Detectives determined that Lovejoy met McDavid Jr. when she started taking shooting lessons from him at Iron Sights in Oceanside. "He was lying. It was getting absurd at times".

Jason Kovach, who worked with Mulvihill, testified that he tagged along with Mulvihill and went to a dirt road off Avenida Soledad in Carlsbad.

When he arrived on the shady path some time after 11 p.m. on September 1, 2016, Mulvihill spotted McDavid in the bushes.

They chose to go their separate ways in July 2014, with the couple having joint custody of their child. Reed echoed those statements, saying that the defense's timeline of the events in the shady dirt path "just didn't seem plausible", adding, "It seemed too far-fetched for what actually happened".

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