Kentucky SYGL

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Kentucky, Kentucky SYGL, Stand Your Ground Laws

503.050􀁢􀁢􀁢Use of physical force in self-protection — Admissibility of evidence of
prior acts of domestic violence and abuse.
(1) The use of physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable
when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself
against the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by the other person.
(2) The use of deadly physical force by a defendant upon another person is
justifiable under subsection (1) only when the defendant believes that such
force is necessary to protect himself against death, serious physical injury,
kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, felony involving
the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS
503.055.
(3) Any evidence presented by the defendant to establish the existence of a prior
act or acts of domestic violence and abuse as defined in KRS 403.720 by the
person against whom the defendant is charged with employing physical force
shall be admissible under this section.
(4) A person does not have a duty to retreat prior to the use of deadly physical
force.
Effective:July 12, 2006
History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch.􀁢192, sec.􀁢3, effective July 12, 2006. —
Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch.􀁢173, sec.􀁢2, effective July 14, 1992. — Created 1974
Ky. Acts ch.􀁢406, sec.􀁢30, effective January 1, 1975.

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