what would make you feel he was indeed guilty of provoking the "fight"?
1. violent criminal history
2. the fact that he suspected the boy of being a burglar which he showed great disdain for over the phone, "f'n punks/a-holes, they always get away"
3. significant weight advantage
4. he was armed
what are you looking for exactly? literally the only thing to suggest he didn't are his words. and he's proven he'll say anything to get out of jail
There was not a significant weight advantage.
There was a record of robberies and home invasions in the neighborhood.
He was licensed to carry.