Husband testifies against ex-wife, gun instructor in Carlsbad murder-for-hire case

Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 21:26:30-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The man who prosecutors believe was the target of a murder for hire came face-to-face Tuesday with those charged: His estranged wife and her gun instructor.

Greg Mulvihill described the moments leading up to him being shot, saying he didn't realize he'd been shot right away and at first he thought he felt something in his back even though he could see the sniper in front of him. 

The North County father described a bitter custody battle in which he was accused of everything from drug use to sexual assault and molestation of their young son.

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Mulvihill says he went up a remote trail in Carlsbad on Sept. 1, 2016, out of desperation, fearing his ex-wife, Diana Lovejoy, would reopen their custody battle. He took a friend, a flashlight and a small aluminum baseball bat but he thought he was picking up documents from a private investigator.

Instead, as he approached the spot off Rancho Santa Fe Road and Avenida Soledad, he shined his flashlight around and spotted someone dressed in camouflage pointing a long gun right at him.

Before he knew what was happening he was hit once in the side, the bullet exiting out his back.

In the courtroom Tuesday, his ex-wife and the man accused of firing the gun, her weapons instructor, sat quietly, Lovejoy crying at times and shaking her head at others. 

Mulvihill was cross-examined Tuesday and the trial will resume Wednesday morning.