Diana Lovejoy came to prominence in late 2016 after she plotted to kill her then-estranged husband, Greg Mulvihill along with a firearms instructor and a former marine, Weldon McDavid. Lovejoy and McDavid, the ex-couple who were committing adultery plotted to kill Mulvihill in September 2016.
Ultimately, she was given a 26-year prison sentence. The case became a national interest with a handful of headline-Esque images and stories appearing from the court since the point of the crime.
Get an unedited version of what really happened, who Lovejoy was in the first place, her relationship with Greg, her affair with McDavid, and all.
Profile Summary of Diana Lovejoy
|Date of Birth
|26th October 1972
|Plotting to kill her husband Greg Mulvihill
|Women’s Prison in Chowchilla
|26 years to life in prison
Who is Diana Lovejoy?
Born on the 26th of October, 1972, she is a native of Carlsbad, California. Lovejoy became incredibly famous after planning a botched murder attempt on her own husband.
Speaking of her family background, while she never talked about her parents, it is believed Diana’s great-grandmothers were Native American.
Besides, after finishing high school she enrolled at UCDAI (the University Of California At Davis).
What did she do before going to prison?
She worked as a triathlete and a software technical writer. In addition to being a fine corporate employee, Lovejoy’s online presence was also extensive.
As such Diana was also a fitness instructor and YouTube star who documented her journey through weight loss on social media.
She had a big Online Presence
She used to post videos of quick recipes. In fact, in 2010 Diana launched an initiative called “The Eating Plan.”
This program helped people with diabetes maintain their blood sugar levels. For this, she also outlined some meal planning.
How Diana Lovejoy Planned To Kill Her Husband; What Really Happened?
The day was September 1, 2016. Investigators said McDavid phoned Mulvihill and pretended to be a private investigator who had incriminating evidence against him.
He told Lovejoy’s husband that he would leave the evidence on a pole along a secluded dirt path off a road in Carlsbad, California. Mulvihill then grabbed a flashlight and his son’s mini-baseball bat and asked a neighbor to accompany him and headed to the deserted trail.
After reaching there, Mulvihill and his neighbor heard a rustle in the bushes, saw the barrel of a gun, and then the flash of gunfire. Mulvihill received a gunshot in the side but survived.
Diana’s Ex-Husband Greg Mulvihill Survived the Attempt on his Life
The bullet missed the light in Greg’s outstretched hand and instead struck him under his left armpit, and went out of his back. After the shooting, authorities were able to piece together the scheme.
Investigators found surveillance footage of Lovejoy purchasing the burner phone McDavid had used to call Mulvihill.
They also found the AR-15-style rifle used to shoot Mulvihill in the garage of McDavid’s home.
What did the Police find?
According to police, Lovejoy contrived a plan to pay McDavid $2,000 — and she drove him to the area where the shooting took place.
On 15 August 2016, the Jury saw the security footage of Diana purchasing a Tracfone from the Best Buy store. On 1st September Weldon used the very phone to call Greg.
The authorities also found McDavid’s DNA near the place of the shooting. He later confessed to shitting in the woods. Weldon had wiped off his bottom with a towel after defecating in a bush. Police later used the piece of cloth to extract his DNA.
Diana Lovejoy Trial; Who Were The Guilties?
Both Diana and McDavid were found to be guilty of planning on killing her husband Greg. However, Lovejoy and McDavid’s lawyer argued that there was never any plan to kill Mulvihill.
This was despite the fact that McDavid fired several shots at him and hit him in the side with one.
Testifying in his own defense, Diana’s extramarital partner argued if he had intended to kill Mulvihill, he would not have missed.
“I could hit that person – center mass – 100 yards away without any problem.” the Californian instructor testified.
He likewise added,
If I intended to kill Mr. Mulvihill, he would have been dead …. My only hope is that this will be rectified on appeal.
McDavid said he shot at Greg after Diana told him he was an abuser
A handful of people said Weldon couldn’t have missed it from such a close range but the jury didn’t buy it.
McDavid added he decided to shoot Mulvihill only after Lovejoy claimed her estranged husband had been abusing their son. However, there appeared no proof of such abuse in the court. Diana, with teary eyes,, told the Judge she would never think of taking her son’s father from him.
The mother of one son said hoping “the higher reality of what we intended to do comes out, and I believe it will somebody” but did not say what “higher reality” was.
What was the Jury’s Verdict?
All the jurors agreed there was no dispute; McDavid pulled the trigger and shot Greg Mulvihill on a dark dirt path in Carlsbad on Sept. 1, 2016, at about 11 p.m.
One of the Juries said the defense they were giving just didn’t seem plausible and added, for them, they seemed too far-fetched for what actually happened.
Dian’s own aunt’s testimony worked against her
One juror said among the strongest pieces of evidence was testimony from Lovejoy’s aunt. She said a year before the shooting, Diana had asked her if she knew someone who would scare or kill her husband.
What’s more, two years before the shooting incident, McDavid had helped a different Carlsbad woman, Crystal Harris. She had also made terrible claims against her husband. The jury ultimately found co-defendant Weldon McDavid Jr. guilty on all counts and allegations, including attempted murder.
How long was Diana Lovejoy sentenced?
Diana was given 26 years to life in prison. Her partner in crime McDavid was sentenced to 50 years to life at the California Institution for Men in Chino. The court also ordered both of them to pay half a million dollars to Greg in punitive damages.
Initially, the court in November 2016 found Weldon McDavid and Diana Lovejoy guilty in connection to a botched murder-for-hire plot on the latter’s ex-husband.
After hearing his verdict, the former closed his eyes, put his head in his hands, and cried all while his family watched. McDavid said he regretted cheating on his wife more than the crime that put him in jail.
Diana Lovejoy Collapsed After Hearing Her Sentencing
After hearing the verdict of her conviction, Lovejoy collapsed in a Vista courtroom. Judge Sim von Kalinowski promptly cleared the courtroom so the then newly convict could receive medical attention.
A while later, Fox 5 reporter Jamie Chambers who was also a lifeguard and emergency medical technician assisted Lovejoy while she was on the floor until help could arrive.
Chambers said Greg’s former wife had passed out but was conscious when he eventually left her side. He said Lovejoy presumably lost her consciousness due to shock. After paramedics took her to a hospital the court resumed.
Why Diana Lovejoy Tried To Kill Her Husband, Greg?
The animosity in Diana for her ex-husband is speculated to have started sometime after they had become parents to a son.
The couple eventually decided to end their marriage and turns out the separation terms were allegedly one of the main reasons that led the Carlsbad native to plan and murder her former husband, Mulvihill.
Lovejoy and Greg Mulvihill were also going head to head with a custody battle over their young son, a legal fight that included allegations of abuse and drug use.
She was not happy having to pay her husband a spousal support
It was drawing to a conclusion, with the ex-couple getting shared custody and an agreement that Lovejoy would pay Mulvihill $120,000. As per some insiders, Lovejoy, however, wasn’t happy with their 50-50 custody arrangement and with having to pay Mulvihill $120,000.
The jury forewoman also reported the ex-wife, however, didn’t want to share custody, and she didn’t want to give $120,000 to her husband.
In retaliation, she, therefore, hired her ex-lover, McDavid to “eliminate the problem,” Carlsbad Police Department Sgt. Darbie Ernst told PEOPLE in an interview. Lovejoy was supposed to pay the amount a few weeks after Mulvihill was shot.
Diana And Her Ex-Husband, Greg Mulvihill’s Relationship
Diana reportedly met her ex-husband Greg in 2005 through a dating site. Two years later they got married and in 2012 had their one and only child a son.
They had had quite a rift during their marriage. For instance, Diana once accused Greg, in 2014, of drugging and raping her while she was unconscious. She had even obtained a temporary restraining order against her former spouse.
Her Affair With Weldon McDavid
Lovejoy met McDavid at Iron Sights shooting range in Oceanside, where he worked. As mentioned, McDavid is a former California firearms instructor.
When testifying in court, McDavid said he was working at an indoor shooting range when he met Diana Lovejoy in 2015. After that, they became friends with benefits.
What happened to Diana Lovejoy?
Since Feb 2018, Diana has been in the Women’s Prison in Chowchilla and can be eligible for parole in 2036. She is serving for her crime of plotting to kill her spouse and attempted murder, which thankfully, didn’t work out.
Is There A Movie Based On Diana’s Case?
There hasn’t been a dramatic adaptation of Diana Lovejoy, Weldon McDavid, and Greg Mulvihill. The documentary director Robert Ivkovic did release the amalgamation of the footage and interviews from the case in Sep 2018 titling it Snapped.
Lovejoy used to work as a technical writer before her infamous case.
Her husband is Greg Mulvihill, with whom Diana divorced years ago.
Diana is now inside the bar after the woman was found guilty of making a murder plan for her ex-husband Greg.
She spent most of her childhood days in Carlsbad, California.
After being convicted of the abovementioned crime, Diana was given a sentence of 26 years to life in prison.
As of now, Diana is at the CDCR – Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), in Chowchilla, CA.