Estranged wife, gun range worker accused of plotting to kill ex-husband

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- A Carlsbad woman and a man who works at an Oceanside gun range faced a court hearing on Monday for allegedly luring her ex-husband into a shooting attack.

Diana Lovejoy, 43, and Weldon McDavid Jr., 49, were booked into county jail on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing great bodily injury,

They were being held in custody on $2 million bail, according to jail records, and scheduled to appear in the same Vista Superior Court department Monday afternoon.

The pair is suspected in a plot to kill Greg Mulvhill, 45, who suffered a gunshot wound in an alleged ambush on an access road near Avenida Soledad in Carlsbad late on the night of Sept. 1. That is where Lovejoy had arranged to meet him, according to Carlsbad police.

Lovejoy has reportedly been taking marksmanship lessons at the gun range where McDavid works, according to detectives.

Detectives said they believed Lovejoy and McDavid planned the crime and that the latter called the victim, arranged to meet him in the alley and opened fire on him with a rifle while hiding in a patch of bushes, police said.

Court records indicated Lovejoy and Mulvhill were in the midst of a contested divorce, and that Lovejoy had obtained a restraining order against Mulvhill, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse.

There reportedly is also a custody battle over the couple's son, who turns four on Monday.

Lovejoy and McDavid were scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Vista courthouse.