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Woman Collapses In Court After Being Found Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Case

If you’re on trial for murder, there’s a pretty good chance that reality is going to creep in at some point that places the gravity of the situation at hand in perspective. There’s no definitive time as to when that reality will finally shine through, but the reading of the verdict certainly amounts to a good time for that to happen. Diana Lovejoy, 45, recently had one of those moments in a California courtroom. Unfortunately for her, the reality check didn’t come in the form of what a close call she had just gone through.

Lovejoy was found guilty for her role in a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting her now-ex-husband. Her gun instructor was also found guilty. Lovejoy’s ex-husband was shot, but he survived. Lovejoy is looking at anywhere between 25 years to life in prison, while accomplice Weldon McDavid Jr., the man that pulled the trigger, is facing 50 years to life.

As the Los Angeles Times shares, Lovejoy promptly collapsed upon the reading of the verdict. She quickly received aid in the courtroom, and paramedics would soon arrive to take her to a local hospital. Reports indicate that she was simply overcome by shock. As McDavid learned of his pending fate, he would place his head in his hands and weep.

So how did the pair get here? Lovejoy was locked in a contentious divorce and custody battle with Greg Mulvihill, and it was found that she needed to pay him a substantial sum of money.

“She didn’t want to share custody, and she didn’t want to give $120,000 to her husband,” noted jury forewoman Erin Reed said.

The court was regaled with the tale of how Lovejoy enlisted McDavid to lure her husband to a secluded spot where he would be shot. McDavid would testify that he certainly could have killed him if he wanted to, but the fact that he was able to lure the man with promises of incriminating evidence was proof that Mulvihill was a scoundrel.

“We rejected his story pretty much off the bat,” said an unidentified male juror. “He was lying. It was getting absurd at times.”

The defense would hit similar absurd notes throughout the case, but the jury ultimately didn’t buy it.

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

Sentencing is scheduled for December 12, so this dynamic duo has even more time to allow reality to sink in. For Lovejoy, she was locked in a nasty battle with her ex that included allegations of abuse and drug abuse. While that certainly sounds like an impossible situation to deal with, her decisions led to it becoming even worse. The young son that she was supposedly so fiercely fighting for will come to learn that mommy is in jail because she hired someone to kill daddy.

She really couldn’t have come up with a better way to handle things?

Source: LA Times
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