ID 1514 JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE DEFENSE
ICJI 1514 (2010)
Idaho Criminal Jury Instructions
ICJI 1500 BURDEN OF PROOF ON DEFENSES
ICJI 1514 JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE DEFENSE)
The defendant contends as a defense in this case that the killing was justifiable because the defendant was [description of justification; e.g. an excusable homicide such as attempting to stop the commission of a robbery].
Under the law, homicide is justifiable if
[committed while resisting an attempt to murder any person, or to commit a felony, or to do some great bodily injury upon any person.]
[committed in defense of habitation, property or person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against one who manifestly intends and endeavors, in a violent, riotous or tumultuous manner, to enter the habitation of another for the purpose of offering violence to any person therein. However, the bare fear of such acts is not sufficient unless the circumstances are sufficient to create such a fear in a reasonable person and the defendant acted under the influence of such fears alone.]
[committed in the lawful defense of the defendant, or of a wife or husband, parent, child, master, mistress or servant of the defendant, when there is reasonable grounds to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great bodily injury and imminent danger of such design being accomplished; but such person, or the person on whose behalf the defense was made, if that person was the assailant or engaged in mortal combat, must really and in good faith have endeavored to decline any further struggle before the homicide was committed. However, the bare fear of such acts is not sufficient unless the circumstances are sufficient to create such a fear in a reasonable person and the defendant acted under the influence of such fears alone.]
[when necessarily committed in attempting, by lawful ways and means, to apprehend any person for any felony committed, or in lawfully suppressing any riot, or in lawfully keeping and preserving the peace.]
The burden is on the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the homicide was not justifiable. If there is a reasonable doubt whether the homicide was justifiable, you must find the defendant not guilty.
(Updated LEXIS 4/12/18)