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Criminal Practice – Voluntary Manslaughter – Jury Instructions – Defense of Habitation – Curtilage (access required)

Despite numerous requests to leave and multiple orders from law enforcement, the decedent continued to return to defendant’s property while repeatedly threatening him with bodily harm. It is undisputed that the decedent was within the curtilage of defendant’s property – and therefore, within his home, G.S. § 14-51.2(a)(1) – when defendant used lethal defensive force ...

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