Self-Defense Jury Instruction


In this case, the defendant-appellant was convicted for the second degree felony of assault. After pleading not guilty, he was tried by a jury. The jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to four years' imprisonment. The man appealed on the basis of court error. The appellant cited those errors as denial of a fair trial (violation of 6th and 14th amendments) because the jury was given incorrect information and instructions on the topic of self-defense as well as Ohio's "castle doctrine." He also made a timely appeal stating that there was not sufficient evidence to arrive at the verdict. In this felonious assault conviction, no error in declining to instruct jury on self-defense where victim was in defendant's residence with permission and if he had been allowed to retrieve his cosmetology equipment, no confrontation would have occurred; the "castle doctrine" did not apply. View more at State v. Stewart, 2013-Ohio-1463.