Diana Lovejoy fainted in court after she was found guilty in a botched murder conspiracy plot against her ex-husband.
The California defendant collapsed in the courtroom as the jury read out its verdict on Monday and had to be wheeled out in an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital, Fox News reported.
The 45-year-old woman was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder and faces 25 years to life in prison.
Her co-defendant, 50-year-old gun instructor Weldon McDavid Jr., was also found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the attack on Greg Mulvihill and faces 50 years to life behind bars, Fox News said.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, there was never any dispute that McDavid was the gunman responsible for shooting Mulvihill in Carlsbad on the evening of Sept. 1, 2016.
What was up for debate was whether he had been hired as a hitman by Lovejoy, who was locked in a fierce divorce and custody battle with her then-husband.
An agreement had been reached that Lovejoy would pay Mulvihill $120,000 but, before the payment could be made, he was shot.
Jury forewoman Erin Reed said per The San Diego Union-Tribune, "She didn’t want to share custody, and she didn’t want to give $120,000 to her husband."
Defense lawyers argued that McDavid never had any intentions to kill Mulvihill, with the former Marine and weapons expert arguing that he would not have missed if he intended to kill Lovejoy’s ex-husband.
"I could hit that person – center mass – 100 yards away without any problem," he testified, according to People.
During the testimony, McDavid claimed he had fired at Mulvihill with the intention to shoot the flashlight out of his hand.
A 63-year-old male juror, who declined to give his name, said they "rejected his story pretty much off the bat," The Los Angeles Times noted. "He was lying. It was getting absurd at times," he added.
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