SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1CR10-671 (09/22/03)


Definition of “provocation” (context of manslaughter)

As used in this charge, the term great provocation refers to a degree of provocation that would induce a reasonable person to lose self control and to act without thought or reason.  A mere annoyance or irritation is not enough.  Words alone, no matter how offensive, insulting or abusive, are not sufficient to provoke the use of deadly force. 

If there was provocation, but not of such nature or degree as would ordinarily arouse or produce sudden passion, or if sufficient time passed between the provocation and the actions allegedly taken by (Def)_______________ such that the passion may subside and reason would return, then the acts cannot be said to have resulted from sudden passion or great provocation.