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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.

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Case Information[edit]

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  • 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


Defense Attorney[edit]

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Phoenix Wright

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.


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Larry Butz

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.


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Cindy Stone

A 22-year-old model. She lived by herself in an apartment and had been dating Larry.

Prosecution Lawyer[edit]

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Winston Payne

A prosecutor who used to be called "The Rookie Killer," but has since fallen from grace. You only face him in this first case.


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Frank Sahwit

A newspaper salesman that claims to have seen Larry kill his supermodel girlfriend.

Other Characters[edit]

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Mia Fey

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.