|Japanese Name||Aokage Joe|
Joe Darke was a businessman and serial murderer mentioned heavily during the 5th case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney; Rise from the Ashes. Darke's serial murders became known as the "Joe Darke Killings" or, within the police-force, SL-9. These events took place 2 years prior to the start of Rise from the Ashes.
Darke was an ordinary businessman until he accidentally hit and killed someone with his car, he then, in a panic, killed the witness who saw the accident, and a further 3 more witnesses until he was finally brought in for questioning by the police. It took the police force 6 months to finally bring him in due to lack of evidence but, whilst being interviewed by Damon Gant and Neil Marshall, he managed to escape and fled to Gant and Lana Skye's office where Ema Skye happened to be waiting. He grabbed Ema and held her hostage, but was chased down and challenged by Neil. The two fought and Darke found himself being knocked out. Whilst he was unconscious Gant murdered Neil and, together with Lana, fabricated the scene and evidence so that it looked like Darke had murdered Neil. He was brought to trial, charged with all 6 murders and executed.