JUSTIFIABLE USE OF DEADLY FORCE
-- An issue in this case is whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense. It is adefense to the crime of Second Degree Murder, and the lesser included offense of Manslaughter, if the death of Trayvon Martin resulted from the justifiable use of deadly force. “Deadly force” means force likely to cause death or great bodily harm.
A person is justified in using deadly force if he reasonably believes that such force isnecessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself.In deciding whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, youmust judge him by the circumstances by which he was surrounded at the time the force wasused. The danger facing George Zimmerman need not have been actual; however, to justifythe use of deadly force, the appearance of danger must have been so real that a reasonablycautious and prudent person under the same circumstances would have believed that thedanger could be avoided only through the use of that force. Based upon appearances, GeorgeZimmerman must have actually believed that the danger was real.If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in anyplace where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand hisground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it wasnecessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to preventthe commission of a forcible felony.In considering the issue of self-defense, you may take into account the relative physical abilities and capabilities of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
In considering the issue of self-defense, you may take into account the relative physicalabilities and capacities of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.If in your consideration of the issue of self-defense you have a reasonable doubt on thequestion of whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you shouldfind George Zimmerman not guilty.