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Title 13 : Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 053 : HOMICIDE

(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. § 2305)
  •  [Section 2305 effective until July 1, 2021; see also section 2305 effective July 1, 2021 .]

    § 2305. Justifiable homicide

    If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless:

    (1) in the just and necessary defense of his or her own life or the life of his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother, sister, master, mistress, servant, guardian, or ward; or

    (2) in the suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, or robbery, with force or violence; or

    (3) in the case of a civil officer; or a military officer or private soldier when lawfully called out to suppress riot or rebellion, or to prevent or suppress invasion, or to assist in serving legal process, in suppressing opposition against him or her in the just and necessary discharge of his or her duty. (Amended 1983, No. 23, § 2.)

  •  [Section 2305 effective July 1, 2021; see also section 2305 effective until July 1, 2021 .]

    § 2305. Justifiable homicide

    If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless:

    (1) in the just and necessary defense of the person's own life or the life of the person's spouse, parent, child, sibling, guardian, or ward; or

    (2) in the forceful or violent suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, or robbery; or

    (3) in the case of a law enforcement officer as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 2351(a) using force in compliance with 20 V.S.A. § 2368(b)(2), (4), and (5) or deadly force in compliance with 20 V.S.A. § 2368(c)(1)-(4). (Amended 1983, No. 23, § 2; 2019, No. 165 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. July 1, 2021.)