November 2013

§2:14 Use of deadly force against threat of serious bodily harm

If you believe from the evidence that the deceased was a much larger and stronger person than the Defendant, and was capable of inflicting great and serious bodily harm upon the Defendant with his/her hands, and that the Defendant had reason to believe and did believe as a man of ordinary reason that he/she was then and there in danger of such harm at the hands of the deceased and used a [deadly weapon], with which he/she fatally [injured, stabbed, other description] the deceased, to protect him/herself from such harm, then the Defendant was justified, and your verdict shall be “not guilty” even though the deceased may not have been armed.