Well, others have covered conspiracy and incitement to murder, I’d like to touch on another angle. So, ignoring those charges, you still aren’t home free.
So, let’s give a little hypothetical background to take away some of confusion. You meet someone who shares the fact that he is a hitman looking for his next job, you say you have been out of a job for over a year and are down to your last 50 bucks and you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have the 50 on your kitchen counter at noon the next day, and you would like to have some help committing suicide. Not a lot, but some people don’t need a lot.
Next day at 11:58 you get a text from your dr, it was a lab error, you’re good, 11:59 lotto ticket announced, you won multiple million jackpot, 12:00 hitman walks through your kitchen door, you jump aside saying stop, he shoots. You grab a nice knife and throw it, not to kill but just to get him to pause while you offer a few million not to kill you, unfortunately hits, killing him instantly.
Even if you argue that it wasn’t a murder you were conspiring to commit, it could still be a felony (depending upon jurisdiction), in which case a felony murder charge would be a slam dunk. You were part of conspiracy to commit a felony, someone died during an attempt to commit the crime, you’re doing 20 to life.
Your self defense argument is basically a confession.