Woman Allegedly Hired Her Shooting Instructor To Kill Estranged Husband

The wife allegedly lured her husband to a late-night meeting while her shooting instructor hid in the nearby brush with a long distance rifle.

By Benjamin H. Smith

A California mom is being accused of arranging the attempted murder of her estranged husband and recruiting her gun instructor to do the dirty work. The shooting of the unnamed victim on a highway access road on September 1st resulted in extensive road closures as a SWAT team searched for the shooter and area residents were warned to stay inside. The woman, identified as Diana Lovejoy, 43, had filed for divorce in 2014 after being married to the man for seven years and was locked in an ongoing battle with him over custody of their young son.

Police say in August she began conspiring with gun range instructor Weldon McDavid Jr., 49, whose Twitter account claims he was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1997 to 2009. They met when Lovejoy took shooting lessons from McDavid at a firing range in Oceanside, CA., though police have not yet commented on the nature of their relationship beyond that. Lovejoy allegedly lured her husband to a late-night meeting while McDavid hid in the nearby brush with a long distance rifle. The victim was shot sniper-style but survived the attack after being rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police arrested Lovejoy at her Carlsbad home on Thursday before picking up McDavid near his home in Fallbrook. Both are being held on $2 million bail. If convicted Lovejoy could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. As the shooter, McDavid faces 50 years to life.  

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