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At the trial on July 9, 2026, Ema Skye was called to the witness stand. She testified that the killer could only have escaped the crime scene through the air vent, and that made Machi Tobaye the only possible suspect. On top of that, his fingerprints had been found on the air vent grill, confirming that he had used that route of escape. With the prosecution’s case apparently airtight, the judge gave Apollo Justice one chance to present evidence that would overturn the case. Recalling LeTouse’s last words, Justice asked to summon Lamiroir to the witness stand. Gavin maintained that there had been no witnesses to the crime, but the judge agreed to let Lamiroir testify.

As Lamiroir took the stand, Gavin explained that there was another reason why he had not wanted to call her as a witness: Lamiroir suffered from amnesia; she did not even remember her real name or anything before the time she had started to sing on stage.

About the crime, Lamiroir testified that she had seen nothing; there was no way she could have, since she had not gone backstage after her performance in the second set. Justice objected: her brooch had been found at the scene of the crime, so she must have gone to the dressing room. Lamiroir admitted that she had gone backstage, but only for a moment; all she had done was glance into the room. Justice remembered that he had briefly heard the door closing before Skye had returned to the crime scene; it must have been Lamiroir. She explained that she must have accidentally dropped her brooch inside when she looked into the room.

Justice was still not convinced that Lamiroir had seen nothing, and asked Lamiroir to testify about what she had seen when she glanced inside. She claimed she saw nothing and that Romein LeTouse's body was behind a wall, but with his bracelet, Justice noticed she was swallowing and then showed her the investigation request, claiming she knew LeTouse was shot. She then added to her testimony and claimed she had seen the bullet holes in the wall. At this, Justice objected again: the bullet holes were on the same wall as the door, so she could not have seen them without actually going inside.

Through the Looking Glass

Lamiroir's "testimony" of how she witnessed the crime.

Lamiroir admitted that she had actually glanced inside not from the door, but from the little window on the other side of the room, as she returned from the stage. She had heard two shots from there. She had not seen the shooter, but had heard his voice. Lamiroir could remember exact voices of people and was sure that one had not been Tobaye; the voice was that of an adult man but it wasn't LeTouse either. Even though this testimony appeared to favor Tobaye, Justice pointed out that there was a problem with it: a grown man could not have fled from the scene of the crime, as had been established. Gavin went on to point out an even bigger contradiction in her testimony: at the moment of the crime, the window in question was closed. Lamiroir could not have heard a voice through it. Despite Justice’s objections, the judge declared Lamiroir’s testimony indecisive and ended the cross-examination.

Ema Skye returned to the stand. The judge went on to point out something else that had drawn his attention: the circumstances of the defendant’s arrest. Gavin asked Skye why the killer would have moved the body to the stage. She said that the killer had apparently moved the body to match the song’s lyrics, as Trucy Wright had previously pointed out: the stolen keys, the burning guitar, LeTouse’s death and the tower on the stage being raised; everything had happened in the same order as the lyrics. Skye testified further that no one in their country could have had a motive to kill the victim; furthermore, Tobaye had left his “signature” at the crime scene.

Justice questioned Skye about this “signature”. She said that, considering the size of the dressing room, the shooter and victim couldn’t have been more than five feet apart, yet the first shot had missed. Since Tobaye was blind, this once again pointed to him as the suspect. Justice pointed out that Tobaye, being blind, could not have known about the air vent, but Skye said there had been a stepladder under the air vent due to maintenance that day, and everyone, including Tobaye, knew about the maintenance. He must have known there was an exit at the top of the stepladder.

Romein's message

The message from LeTouse.

Thinking back to the crime scene, Justice remembered that one piece of evidence showed that the killer could not be blind, therefore it could not be Tobaye: the crime scene photo. LeTouse had used his own blood to write a message on the floor before he died, but the message had been rubbed out and was unreadable. If the killer was blind, he could not have seen that the victim was leaving a message and would not have rubbed it out.

Gavin then presented a report on Tobaye that turned the situation around: Tobaye was not blind at all. His blindness was merely a publicity ploy. Justice confronted Gavin about concealing this information, but Gavin said he had never stated the defendant was blind; only Skye had. Since Tobaye was not blind, he could have seen the victim’s message and the air vent; he had not missed the first shot because he was blind, but because of the revolver’s powerful kickback.

Skye then brought out Luminol fluid, which reacted to blood, and said they might be able to recover the victim’s message with it. The message read “IPXX314206”. Gavin recognized this as an Interpol ID number. He called Daryan Crescend to the witness stand and asked him to look up the number and find out which agent it belonged to. While they awaited the report, Gavin told Justice that why Machi pretended he was blind, Justice presented a postcard featuring Lamiroir, claiming that Machi did not need to be led by the hand, but it was actually the reverse, meaning it was Lamiroir who was needed to be led by the hand as she is blind. The judge told Gavin to disagree that Lamirior but Gavin instead actually agreed to Justice's outrageous claim.

Lamiroir was called to the witness stand again. She confirmed that she was blind. Her blindness had been concealed as a publicity ploy. Everyone on her staff knew the truth, including LeTouse. It turned out, When LeTouse had said “can’t… see…”, he was referring to the witness, Lamiroir, not himself.

The bailiff then announced that they had finished investigating the Interpol number. Crescend took the stand and revealed that the agent registered under the number “IPXX314206” was none other than Romein LeTouse. When he wrote down the message, he was trying to reveal his own identity, not the killer’s. The murder weapon belonged to him as well; Interpol agents had permission to carry 45-caliber revolvers.

As Crescend was about to leave, Lamiroir interrupted. She said she recognized his voice; it was the same one she had heard talking to LeTouse before she heard the gunshots. Lamiroir named detective Crescend as the murderer, and the whole courtroom fell into chaos.

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