New Mexico Uniform Jury Instructions (UJI)

NM UJI 14-5183. Self defense; deadly force by defendant.

Evidence has been presented that the defendant acted in self defense.

The defendant acted in self defense if:

1.There was an appearance of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to the defendant as a result of __________________(illegal act); and

2.The defendant was in fact put in fear of immediate death or great bodily harm and __________________(defensive act) because of that fear; and

3.The apparent danger would have caused a reasonable person in the same circumstances to act as the defendant did.

The burden is on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self defense.  If you have a reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant acted in self defense, you must find the defendant not guilty.

[See also New Mexico Rules Annotated (N.M.R.A. 14-5183.]