Woman faints after hearing guilty verdict in California
A woman who was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot against her ex-husband fainted in court just moments after her guilty verdict was read out.
Diana Lovejoy, 45, was found guilty on Monday of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder over a September 2016 attack on her estranged husband Greg Mulvihill in Carlsbad, California.
Fox 5 footage taken from inside the courtroom showed Lovejoy looking wide-eyed at her legal team as the verdict was read out before she collapsed in her chair just seconds later.
A member of her legal team immediately reached out and grabbed her elbow as an officer tried to help Lovejoy sit upright. The officer helped her lie down on the floor as a fellow officer radioed for medical assistance.
Judge Sim von Kalinowski cleared the courtroom while Lovejoy received medical attention.
Paramedics wheeled Lovejoy out of the court house and took her to hospital for treatment.
The ordeal briefly delayed the verdict reading for Lovejoy’s co-defendant – 50-year-old gun instructor Weldon McDavid Jr. He was also found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Lovejoy and Mulvihill had separated in July 2014 and were in the middle of a messy custody battle over their young son at the time of the attempted murder.
During the heated divorce and custody battle, Lovejoy had accused her ex-husband of molesting their son and sexually abusing her, according to prosecutors.
The legal fight was coming to an end after shared custody had been agreed upon. Lovejoy had also agreed to pay Mulvihill $120,000, which would have been due in the weeks after he was shot.
Mulvihill was injured on the night of September 1 when he received a phone call from someone claiming to be a private investigator with information on Lovejoy.
The victim was instructed to drive to a deserted road where he would find a package regarding his ex-wife.