Walkthrough/The First Turnabout

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Episode 1: The First Turnabout
Episode artwork
From left: Frank Sahwit, Larry Butz and Cindy Stone

The First Turnabout is the first episode in the game. This is a fairly straight-forward case, where a model is murdered in her apartment, and you can even see the real killer, so the trial will all be about proving his guilt. And proving the defendant's innocence.


[edit] Case Information

[edit] Profiles

Phoenix Wright
Phoenix Wright | Age: 23, Gender: Male

The defense attorney of this case. This is his very first trial.
Mia Fey
Mia Fey | Age: 27, Gender: Female

Chief Attorney at Fey & Co.. Phoenix's boss, and a very good defense attorney.
Larry Butz
Larry Butz | Age: 23, Gender: Male

The defendant in this case. A likeable guy who was Phoenix's friend in grade school.
Cindy Stone
Cindy Stone | Age: 22, Gender: Female

The victim in this case. A model, she lived in an apartment by herself.
Winston Payne
Winston Payne | Age: 52, Gender: Male

The prosecutor for this case. Lacks presence. Generally bad at getting his points across.
Frank Sahwit
Frank Sahwit | Age: 36, Gender: Male

Discovered Ms. Stone's body. Newspaper salesman who saw Larry flee the scene.

[edit] Evidence

Attorney's Badge
Attorney's Badge | Type: Other, One of Phoenix's possessions.

No one would believe Phoenix was a defense attorney if he didn't carry this.
Cindy's Autopsy Report
Cindy's Autopsy Report | Type: Reports, Received from Mia Fey.
Time of death: 7/31, 4PM-5PM
Cause of death: loss of blood due to blunt trauma.
Statue | Type: Weapons, Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.

A statue in the shape of "The Thinker." It's rather heavy.
Passport | Type: Evidence, Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.

The victim apparently arrived home from Paris on 7/30, the day before the murder.
Blackout Record
Blackout Record | Type: Documents, Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.

Electricity to Ms. Stone's building was out from noon to 6PM on the day of the crime.

[edit] Prologue

You can see someone gasping while blood is dripping from the top of the screen. Slowly, you see it coming from a statue held by a person. Afterwards, you see an image of a woman on the floor, blood flowing out of her head. The killer comments on the unfortunate situation he is in and says he can't be caught for it. Eventually, you see the face of the murderer and how he plans to pin the murder on another guy.

[edit] Day 1

[edit] Trial

August 3, 9:47 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

The beginning of the trial starts with Phoenix's conversation with Mia and then with Larry. Mia comments how bold Phoenix is for taking in on a murder case right off the bat, but Phoenix explains that he has a reason for taking the case, to Mia's surprise. Larry then starts screaming how he wants to die and asks Phoenix for the guilty verdict, for how can he live without Cindy. After that, the trial finally starts.

August 3, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 2

The court is now in session and the judge notices Phoenix's nervousness. To ascertain his readiness for the trial, the judge asks a few questions relevant to the case.

  • Please state the name of the defendant in this case.
    • Phoenix Wright
    • Larry Butz
    • Mia Fey
  • This is a murder trial. Tell me, what's the victim's name?
    • Mia Fey
    • Cinder Block
    • Cindy Stone
  • Now tell me, what was the cause of death?
    • Poisoned
    • Hit with a blunt object
    • Strangled

The ones in bold are the correct answers.

After you answer the questions correctly, the judge will declare that there is no reason to not continue the trial. Next, he will ask Mr. Payne what the "object" used to murder the victim is. Payne will state that the murder weapon is the Statue of The Thinker, and it will be accepted into evidence. At that point, The judge will allow the prosecution to call its first witness: Larry.

Payne inquires into Larry's and Cindy's affair, which provokes Larry. Payne explains that Cindy had abandoned Larry and has started seeing other men, and she had also just returned from her trip to Paris with one of them the day before the murder. Afterwards, the prosecutor will submit the victim's passport to the Court Record. Payne continues provoking Larry by saying Cindy had "Sugar Daddies," who gave her money and gifts to support her lifestyle. He then asks Larry what he thinks of the victim now. Mia will suggest that Larry shouldn't answer the question and you will be given a choice between:

  • Wait and see what happens
  • Stop him from asnwering

It doesn't matter what you pick, as Larry will say what he want to say anyway. This was all a ploy of the prosecution to establish Larry's motive, and after that he will ask if Larry went to the victim's apartment on the day of the murder. Larry will try to beat around the bush, but you will either:

  • Have him answer honestly
  • Stop him from answering

Either way, Payne will call a witness that can prove Larry went to Cindy's apartment on the day of the murder, and found the victim's body. Frank Sahwit will now take the stand.

Frank Sahwit
-- Witness's Account --

  1. I was going door-to-door, selling subscriptions when I saw a man fleeing an apartment.
  2. I thought he must be in a hurry because he left the door half-open behind him.
  3. Thinking it strange, I looked inside the apartment.
  4. Then I saw her lying there... A woman... not moving... dead!
  5. I quailed in fright and found myself unable to go inside.
  6. I thought to call the police immediately!
  7. However, the phone in her apartment wasn't working.
  8. I went to a nearby park and found a public phone.
  9. I remember the time exactly: It was 1:00 PM.
  10. The man who ran was, without a doubt, the defendant sitting right over there.

After Sahwit's testimony, the judge will ask why the phone in the apartment wasn't working. Payne explains that there was a blackout in the building, so the victim's phone didn't work. Then, he will submit the Blackout Record to the evidence. The judge will allow you to do your cross-examination afterwards, and Mia will explain how this works. What you need to do is compare the witness's testimony to the evidence in the Court Record. Once you find a contradiction, present it to the witness! The cross-examination begins...

You can press the statements in the testimony if you want more details, but if you press statement #9, Mia will mention that that is strange and will ask you to present evidence to contradict the witness. If you check Cindy's Autopsy Report in the Court Record, you will notice that the victim was killed between 4 and 5 PM, yet the witness says he saw the body at 1 PM. Present Cindy's Autopsy Report while on the contradicting statement to fire off an "Objection!"

Wright will expose the contradiction to the court: According to the autopsy report, the victim was murdered around 4PM - 5PM, so there was no body to be found around 1PM. How is that so? The witness remembered why he is certain he found the body at 1PM, and will revise his testimony.

Frank Sahwit
-- The Time of Discovery --

  1. You see, when I found the body, I heard the time.
  2. There was a voice saying the time... It was probably coming from the television.
  3. Oh, but it was three hours off, wasn't it?
  4. I guess the victim must have been watching a video of a taped program!
  5. That's why I thought it was 1:00 PM!
  6. Terribly sorry about the misunderstanding...

If you press his second statement, Mia will say that "hearing" the television is fishy. Present the Blackout Record in any of the statements. Wright will declare what the prosecution has stated earlier in the trial, there was a blackout during the time the victim was killed, so the witness couldn't have heard a television or a video.

Sahwit will give a third testimony explaining him "hearing" the time.

Frank Sahwit
-- Hearing the Time --

  1. Actually, I didn't "hear" the time... I "saw" it!
  2. There was a table clock in the apartment, wasn't there!
  3. Yeah, the murder weapon! The killer used it to hit the victim!
  4. That must have been what I saw.

Now, you have to find the contradiction without Mia's help, but it's already pretty obvious. The witness is saying the clock is the murder weapon. However, he testified earlier that he didn't enter the apartment. So, how does he know that? Present the Statue on statements 2, 3 or 4 to remind the witness the murder weapon isn't a clock, but a statue. Phoenix asks how the statue is a clock, and Sahwit reaffirms the statue is indeed a clock, which Payne backs up. He explains the neck is a switch; tilt it and it says the time. Right that moment, the judge will ask you if you have any problems with the witness testimony. Pick Yes.

Wright will give the explanation that the only way the witness could've known the statue was a clock was to hold it himself, but Sahwit testified that he never entered the apartment. So, the reason why the witness knows the statue is a clock is because he went into the apartment. Sahwit will ask you to prove it, but instead, Wright will prove that it was Sahwit who killed the victim. He explains that when Sahwit struck the victim with the clock, the shock of the blow triggered the clock's voice, and that is the sound the witness heard. That is why he was so sure about the time. The prosecution will do a last objection against Wright's "baseless conjecture," however he points out the witness's disraught.

Sahwit loses it; he throws his toupée at Phoenix's face, and starts cursing him and Larry. Payne declares the defense doesn't have the evidence to back up their claim, and the judge cuts in to ask Phoenix if they have an evidence to prove the witness did hear a sound when he hit the victim. Wright will speak with assurance that the sound Sahwit heard was the clock, and will suggest to:

  • Examine the clock's batteries
  • Ask the neighbors
  • Try sounding the clock

to prove this fact. He asks the judge for the clock and the court for a moment of silence so they can hear the sound. The clock will then say ["I think it's 8:25."]. The judge comments on the peculiar way the clock announces the time, and asks Wright what he deduced from it. Phoenix asks Payne what time it is now, and the prosecutor replies by saying "It's 11:25..." Exactly 3 hours slow, which is the discrepancy to Sahwit's earlier testimony. Phoenix then taunts Sahwit, but it looks like it's not the end of the witness. He reminds the court that while the clock is running three hours slow, it proves nothing, i.e. it doesn't prove the clock was moving slow the day of the murder.

Wright starts sweating bullets. He can't prove the clock was slow on the day of the murder, and the judge put even more salt on the open wound by saying he seems to lack the critical evidence to support his claim. The judge cannot accuse the witness with murder this way, and ends the cross-examination. Sahwit gives an angry remark how he's been treated like a criminal and calls all lawyers slime. Wright gives up... but wait! It's Mia!

Mia tells Phoenix not to give up and think, but Phoenix has already lost his hope when he couldn't prove the clock was slow on the day of the murder, which Mia agrees to. However, she tells him that he still has a chance of winning but he needs to think outside the box: that he shouldn't doubt the facts and ask himself, "why was the clock three hours slow?" The proof is behind the reason why. She asks you, "Can you think of a reason as to why the clock would be three hours slow?", to which you answer Yes.

And Phoenix suddenly believes he can prove Sahwit's guilt. Then, the judge asks you if you have the evidence to support your "the clock was running slow the day of the murder" claim. Present the Passport. Remember that the victim has just returned from abroad just before the day she was killed, and Phoenix informs everyone that the time difference between Los Angeles and Paris is nine hours. So, the clock was actually nine hours fast and not three hours slow, and the victim still hadn't reset the clock the time she got back. That's why the time was wrong the day of the murder and of the trials. Sahwit finally breaks down and collapses. Watch as the judge gives his ending thoughts and hand down the "NOT GUILTY" verdict on Larry.

[edit] The Truth

Phoenix learns Sahwit was a common burglar who posed as a newspaper salesman to study when people were out of their homes. On the day of the murder, he saw Larry come out of the victim's apartment, and he entered the apartment in turn. While doing his dirty work, the victim returned. Sahwit panicked and grabbed the nearest blunt object around him, and hit the victim to her death.

[edit] Epilogue

August 3, 2:32 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Mia congratulates Wright for winning his first case, and comments how it's been a long time since she saw a satisfactory trial. But on the other hand, Larry is moping and still wishes for his death, to Phoenix's surprise. He cheers up right away after being congratulated by Mia, however, and even thanks her for getting him off the hook, even though it was Phoenix who proved him innocent! He invites her for a treat, but she declines. Instead, Larry gave his own statue of "The Thinker" to her as a present. Larry tells Phoenix how he was absolutely into Cindy, yet she just made a fool out of him, but Mia informs him that Cindy actually thought about him too. She asks you to show the evidence to Larry, so present the statue and tell him she brought it to Paris with her, even though it was really heavy, as a way of caring for him. You have one final conversation with Mia, as she points out the importance of evidence and how you look at the situation to learn the truth. The end.

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