Episode 1 opens with the murder of a young woman. As the murderer stands over the victim's body holding the murder weapon, you discover that he has a plan. He will pin the murder on someone else.
- Time of Crime: July 31st, 4:00 PM
- Location: Cindy's Apartment
- Defendant: Larry Butz
- Victim: Cindy Stone
- Cause of death: Blood loss due to blunt force trauma to the back of her head.
- Murder weapon: A statue of "The Thinker"
- Defense Attorney: Phoenix Wright
- Prosecution Lawyer: Winston Payne
This is Phoenix's very first case as a defense attorney. He will be defending his friend for the murder of his girlfriend, guided by his mentor, Mia Fey.
Larry is a highly emotional young man, often swinging from sad to happy in a matter of seconds. A friend of Phoenix Wright and defendant in this case.
A 22-year-old model. She lived by herself in an apartment and had been dating Larry.
A prosecutor who used to be called "The Rookie Killer," but has since fallen from grace. You only face him in this first case.
A newspaper salesman that claims to have seen Larry kill his supermodel girlfriend.
Phoenix's mentor, who is a defense attorney herself. Mia is highly experienced and sometimes sees things that Phoenix doesn't. She will teach you about the basics of Trial mode in this case.