GEORGIA SUGGESTED PATTERN JURY INSTRUCTIONS (SPJI 2013)
GA SPJI 3.10.12 Reasonable Beliefs; Doctrine of
In applying the law of self-defense, a defendant is justified to (kill)(use force against) another person in defense of self or others. The standard is whether the circumstances were such that they would excite (mote merely the fears of the defendant but) the fears of a reasonable person. For the (killing)(use of force) to be justified under the law, the accused must truly have acted under the influence of these fears and not in a spirit of revenge.
What the facts are in this case is a matter solely for you, the jury, to determine given all of the circumstances of this case.