DEATH PENALTY PROCEEDINGS - CLOSING CHARGE
In arriving at your determination as to what sentence is appropriate under the law, you are authorized to consider only the evidence received here in open court presented by the State and the defendant during the sentencing phase of this proceeding.
All the previous instructions given you in the first part of this trial apply where appropriate[, except that in this part of the trial, you may consider sympathy or sentiment for the defendant in deciding whether to impose the death penalty].
You must consider all the previous instructions that apply together with these additional instructions and not just part of them. Together they contain all the law and rules you must follow in deciding this case.
You determine the facts. The importance and worth of the evidence is for you to decide.
I have made rulings during the second part of this trial. In ruling, I have not in any way suggested to you, nor intimated in any way, what you should decide. I do not express any opinion whether or not aggravating circumstances or mitigating circumstances did or did not exist, nor do I suggest to you in any way the punishment to be imposed by you.
You must not use any kind of chance in reaching a verdict, but you must rest it on the belief of each of you who agrees with it.
You have already elected a foreperson. In the event you assess the death penalty, your verdict must be unanimous. You may also return a unanimous verdict of imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole or imprisonment for life with the possibility of parole. Proper forms of verdict will be given you which you shall use in expressing your decision. When you have reached your verdict, all of you in a body must return it into open court.
The law provides that you shall now listen to and consider the further arguments of the attorneys.
Notes on Use
The trial judge shall give the bracketed portion of the second paragraph above only at the request of the defendant.