NM 14-231 Involuntary manslaughter; essential elements.

Uniform Jury Instructions – Criminal
Chapter 14. Uniform Jury Instructions—Criminal
Chapter 2. Homicide
Part D. Involuntary Manslaughter

14-231. Involuntary manslaughter; essential elements.1

For you to find the defendant guilty of involuntary manslaughter [as charged in Count __________]2, the state must prove to your satisfaction beyond a reasonable doubt each of the following elements of the crime:

1.  __________ (name of defendant) __________ (describe defendant’s act);

2.  __________ (name of defendant) should have known of the danger involved by __________’s (name of defendant) actions;

3.  __________ (name of defendant) acted with a willful disregard for the safety of others;

4.  __________’s (name of defendant) act caused the death of __________ (name of victim);

5.  This happened in New Mexico on or about the day of __________ ,__________  .


1.This instruction is used in all involuntary manslaughter prosecutions.

2.Insert the count number if more than one count is charged.

[As amended, effective August 1, 1997.].