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5.1-7  Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Aiding Suicide) -- 53a-56 (a) (2)

Revised to December 1, 2007

The defendant is charged [in count ___] with manslaughter in the second degree.  The statute defining this offense reads as follows:  a person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when (he/she) intentionally causes or aids another person, other than by force, duress or deception, to commit suicide.

a person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when (he/she) intentionally causes or aids another person, other than by force, duress or deception, to commit suicide.

For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:  

Element 1 - Suicide
The first element is that <insert name of decedent> committed suicide.
 

Element 2 - Intent
The second element is that the defendant intentionally caused or aided <insert name of decedent> to commit suicide.  A person acts "intentionally" with respect to a result when (his/her) conscious objective is to cause such result.  <See Intent: Specific, Instruction 2.3-1.>
 

Conclusion

In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) <insert name of decedent> committed suicide, and 2) that the defendant intentionally caused or aided <insert name of decedent> to commit suicide.

If you unanimously find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of manslaughter in the second degree, then you shall find the defendant guilty.  On the other hand, if you unanimously find that the state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements, you shall then find the defendant not guilty.
 


 

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