aggressor

A person who willingly or knowingly after meeting his antagonist begins and brings about an affray or deadly conflict by using threatening language or doing some act reasonably calculated to lead to such an affray or conflict. Wilkie v State, 33 Okla Crim 225, 242 P 1057. In order to make a man guilty of murder as the "aggressor," the one "in fault," or the one who "provokes a difficulty" in which his adversary is killed, he must have provoked it with the intent to kill his adversary or do him great bodily harm, or to afford him a pretext for wreaking his malice upon his adversary. Foutch v State, 95 Tenn 711, 34 SW 423.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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