In 2017, we brought you the story of Diana Lovejoy and her murder-for-hire plot against her now ex-husband. We now have an update on that story and all the details of her sentencing.
California woman Diana Lovejoy and her accomplice, Weldon McDavid Jr., have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their botched attempt to murder Greg Mulvihill.
Diana Lovejoy’s Conviction
Lovejoy and McDavid, her gun instructor, were arrested and placed on trial for the attempted murder of Lovejoy’s estranged husband, Greg Mulvihill.
Lovejoy and Mulvihill had been in an ugly custody dispute over their son for months. Prosecutor Jodi Breton argued Lovejoy had manipulated McDavid into shooting Mulvihill with lies about an abusive marriage.
Mulvihill was lured into a trap in Carlsbad, California in September 2016. While he was shot, he survived.
On November 13, 2017, Diana Lovejoy was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. McDavid was also convicted, but he faced a much harsher sentence since he was the one who had shot Mulvihill.
Sentencing for Lovejoy, McDavid
On January 31, 2018, harsh sentences were handed down to both Lovejoy and McDavid.
Lovejoy was sentenced to 26 years to life. McDavid was sentenced to 50 years to life.
Lovejoy and McDavid have always proclaimed their innocence and denied the existence of a murder-for-hire scheme.
In her statement to the judge, Lovejoy said she hopes “the higher reality of what we intended to do comes out, and I believe it will someday.”
McDavid, on the other hand, chose to blame the “system” for what happened. The jury, he said, “got it wrong.”
During the trial, Breton argued that McDavid had intended to kill Mulvihill. But McDavid testified that he was only trying to shoot out the light in Mulvihill’s left hand.
Being a former Marine and a School of Infantry instructor, McDavid argued that if he had wanted to kill Mulvihill, he would have. Jurors didn’t buy the story.