Trial likely delayed for woman, gun instructor accused in murder-for-hire plot

Weldon McDavid, Diana Lovejoy

VISTA, Calif. — Trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday for a woman and her gun instructor accused of carrying out a plan to shoot her estranged husband on a dark dirt road in Carlsbad last year but will likely be delayed because of pre-trial issues, Deputy District Attorney Jodi Breton said.

Diana Lovejoy, 44, and Weldon McDavid Jr., 50, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in the Sept. 1, 2016, attack on 45-year-old Greg Mulvihill, who was wounded in the 11 p.m. shooting.

Police said they believed Lovejoy and McDavid planned the crime and that the latter — who worked at a gun range where Lovejoy was taking marksmanship lessons — 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.

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

McDavid faces 50 years to life behind bars if convicted, and Lovejoy could be sentenced to 25 years to life if she’s found guilty.