Hawaii Revised Statutes Division 5. Crimes and Criminal Proceedings § 707-702. Manslaughter

(1) A person commits the offense of manslaughter if:

(a) The person recklessly causes the death of another person;  or

(b) The person intentionally causes another person to commit suicide;

provided that this section shall not apply to actions taken under chapter 327L.

(2) In a prosecution for murder or attempted murder in the first and second degrees it is an affirmative defense, which reduces the offense to manslaughter or attempted manslaughter, that the defendant was, at the time the defendant caused the death of the other person, under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance for which there is a reasonable explanation.  The reasonableness of the explanation shall be determined from the viewpoint of a reasonable person in the circumstances as the defendant believed them to be.

(3) Manslaughter is a class A felony.


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