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Terry Fawles was a felon who was sentenced to death for the murder of Dahlia Hawthorne, then tried for the murder of Valerie Hawthorne five years later. The trial for Valerie's murder is notable for being the first trial of Mia Fey as a defense attorney and Miles Edgeworth as a prosecutor.
Relationship with Dahlia
Terry Fawles worked as a tutor. When he was 20 years old, he entered a relationship with one of his students, Dahlia Hawthorne. They buried a vial of poison under a tree near Hazakura Temple and vowed to each other that whoever lost faith in the other would drink the poison. Dahlia actually intended for the poison to be a method of controlling Fawles.
The fake kidnapping
Later, Dahlia and her stepsister, detective Valerie Hawthorne, planned a fake kidnapping with Fawles involved. They stole a raw diamond from the Hawthornes' father and held Dahlia for ransom, which the three planned to split between them. They met at Dusky Bridge, but events did not go as Fawles was led to believe. Valerie shot Fawles in the arm and then Dahlia jumped off the bridge and into Eagle River. Fawles was betrayed to the police, being blamed for Dahlia's murder (though she survived and hid with Valerie's help). Based on Valerie's testimony, he was convicted and sentenced to death. The confused Terry Fawles was placed in solitary confinement, wondering why Valerie had betrayed him.
Escape & recapture
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Five years later, Fawles escaped police custody and phoned Valerie to meet her at Dusky Bridge, so that he could confront her about the betrayal; he just wanted to know why she had done it. He told Valerie to wear a white scarf for identification, as he had forgotten what she looked like. He stole a young couple's car while they were waiting at a red light, and drove up Eagle Mountain. Fawles left his car near Dusky Bridge at 4:00 p.m., went back to the temple to retrieve the vial of poison he and Dahlia had buried, and returned to Dusky Bridge at 4:30. However, the woman he thought was Valerie was actually a disguised Dahlia; Valerie had told her sister about the call before being murdered by Dahlia. She told Fawles simply that someone had to take the fall for the kidnapping. Fawles left with that answer, only to be arrested at a police checkpoint that detective Dick Gumshoe had set up at the base of Eagle Mountain.
Trial & death
Although Fawles insisted on his innocence, most of the lawyers that looked at his case rejected it as a lost cause. He was already an escaped death row convict, and on top of that, his claims about what had happened were unreliable. However, rookie attorney Mia Fey saw the honesty in his eyes and childlike voice, and so she took his case, with Diego Armando as her co-counsel. During the trial, the woman that Fawles had met on Dusky Bridge stood on the witness stand and testified against him. Fey's cross-examination revealed her to be Dahlia Hawthorne, who had abandoned Fawles to death row for her "murder". Crippled by this betrayal, Fawles secretly drank the vial. Fey eventually called him to the witness stand to testify about whom he had really met on the bridge, but he insisted that he had met Valerie, not Dahlia, still unable to betray his "love". Fawles then succumbed to the poison and died on the stand. This left Fey unable to convict Dahlia, who happily left the courtroom. It would be another year until Fey brought her to justice.
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Terry Fawles was a trusting and loyal man, but also rather simple-minded and easily worried with a naïve view of romance. Unfortunately for Fawles, these traits made it perfect for Dahlia Hawthorne to manipulate him. He was also described as having a childlike voice and, despite having been Dahlia's tutor, spoke in broken and rather simple English.
- For his Japanese name, the pronunciation of "Michiru Onamida" (尾並田美散), combined with the kanji in "Michiru", makes "beautifully falling tears", likely in reference to his tragic life.
- His full English name, "Terry Fawles", has a roughly similar pronunciation to "tear falls", referencing his Japanese name. Alternatively, it also sounds phonetically similar to "there he falls", referring to either his role as the "fall guy" in Dahlia's scheme or foreshadowing his fatal collapse at the witness stand.
- The surname "Fawles" is also similar-sounding to "false" or "flaws"; this may be a reference to the "little lies" that he told during his second trial.
- His name in the French version, "Régis Florimet", could be a reference to the famous Fleury-Mérogis prison in France, which is the largest prison in Europe.
Relationship with a minor
Terry Fawles's relationship with Dahlia falls under the definition of pedophilia. Fawles continuously refers to her as his "Teen Angel", and Mia Fey reacts negatively to the information that she was just 14, exclaiming in surprise and thinking, "I guess you were robbing cradles before diamonds..." A similar situation appears with the 16-year-old Regina Berry's story arc in Turnabout Big Top, which involves a rivalry between two adult suitors, one of whom is in his 30s. Unlike this latter instance, however, the relationship turns out to be one-sided, with Dahlia manipulating Fawles, which complicates the issue beyond simply saying that Fawles is engaging in predatory behavior.