MD MPJI-Cr 3:24 Flight or Concealment of Defendant
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Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions-Criminal (MPJI-Cr)
3:24 Flight or Concealment of Defendant [aka “Consciousness of guilt”]
A person’s flight [concealment] immediately after the commission of a crime, or after being accused of committing a crime, is not enough by itself to establish guilt, but it is a fact that may be considered by you as evidence of guilt. Flight [concealment] under these circumstances may be motivated by a variety of factors, some of which are fully consistent with innocence. You must first decide whether there is evidence of flight [concealment]. If you decide there is evidence of flight [concealment], you then must decide whether this flight [concealment] shows a consciousness of guilt.