South Carolina Requests to Charge – Criminal (2018)


§ 6-5 Suicide

The defendant denies his guilt and claims the victim committed suicide. Suicide is the deliberate termination of one’s own life. The defendant claims he did not participate in the victim’s death but that the victim took his own life by his own acts.

There is no burden upon the defendant to prove the victim committed suicide. Suicide is not an affirmative defense. The burden is on the State to prove the defendant guilty of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

You may consider evidence of the victim’s conduct, declarations, and threats indicating a suicidal disposition for the purpose of showing the victim’s state of mind or intention. You may also consider the length of time elapsing between the utterance of any statements declaring an intent to commit suicide and the death of the person who made the statements.