Agree 110%. Virginia does not have a “stand your ground” law. To carry conceal the Commonwealth of Virginia hammers in the following to justify deadly force:
1. You’re an innocent bystander. In other words, you didn’t instigate or escalate the confrontation. In this case, the guy clearly instigated the confrontation.
2. You took reasonable effort to avoid confrontation. In other words, you called police and retreated to a safe spot. The guy certainly didn’t call the police and continued to escalate the confrontation.
3. If the person still confronts you continue to retreat and only when no longer able to back away may you use deadly force. The guy justified his action using “stand your ground”, but when put in context with #1 and #2 no surprise on the final verdict.