MS MMJI-Cr §2:15 Imperfect self-defense

MS MMJI-Cr §2:15 Imperfect self-defense

State: Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI MODEL JURY INSTRUCTIONS CRIMINAL
November 2013

§2:15 Imperfect self-defense

If the defendant killed another person with an actual, genuine belief that the killing was necessary in order to protect [himself/herself] from great bodily harm or death, even though that belief was not reasonable under the circumstances, then the defendant did not have the mental requirement to commit murder. However, the killing may be manslaughter.

If you find from the evidence in this case that:

1. On or about [date of alleged crime], [name of defendant] [description of act];

2. Acting with an actual, genuine belief that the killing was necessary in order to protect [himself/herself] from great bodily injury or death; but

3. That belief was not reasonable under the circumstances, then you may find [name of defendant] guilty of the lesser included offense of [specification of lesser included offense].

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