|Every man has an igniter inside him.|
Episode 3: Turnabout Serenade is the third episode in the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Apollo Justice has to defend a teenage pianist called Machi Tobaye from a nation called Borginia in the murder of a singer's manager.
Klavier Gavin invited Apollo Justice and Trucy Wright to his band's "Guilty as Charged" Tour (with a 20% discount from the regular price). Backstage, they met the mysterious songstress, Lamiroir, along with her blind pianist Machi Tobaye and her interpreter Romein LeTouse, who were all from Borginia. LeTouse, the only one who spoke English, acted as an interpreter for Lamiroir.
During the second set, Lamiroir performed “The Guitar’s Serenade” along with Gavin and Tobaye. A magic trick was employed during the performance to create the illusion of Lamiroir disappearing from the stage and reappearing behind the audience. However, Gavin’s guitar unexpectedly caught fire in the middle of the song. Justice and Trucy later went to the Gavinners’ dressing room, where Gavin gave them a lyrics sheet for “The Guitar’s Serenade” and a promotional postcard with a picture of Lamiroir. The prosecutor was furious about the burnt guitar; he had apparently not been consulted about it. Trucy, who thought it had been planned, suggested it had gone well with the part of the lyrics Lamiroir had been singing at the time.
Later during the third set, Justice and Ema Skye, who had been hired as security detail for the concert, were talking backstage when they heard sounds like gunshots coming from Lamiroir's dressing room. They barged in the door, finding a dying LeTouse. With his dying breath, LeTouse told Justice, "Cold... Can't see... The witness... is siren..." while Skye contacted the police.
In the backstage hallway, Justice ran into Gavin, who asked him and Trucy to keep the cause of LeTouse’s death a secret from everyone except the police. Justice signed a document agreeing to Gavin’s request. Since they could not go home, Justice and Trucy then decided to investigate. They found a headset lying on the floor in the backstage hallway, and noticed it was turned on.
Justice then moved to the crime scene, Lamiroir’s dressing room, which Skye was investigating. The victim had been shot once in the shoulder, furthermore, two bullet holes were found in the dressing room wall. Skye explained that the murder weapon was a 45-caliber revolver, a very powerful weapon, and that the first shot had missed, while the second one had gone through the victim’s shoulder and into the wall. A familiar brooch was also found on the floor near the door, and the victim was holding a heart-shaped key ring. Since the killer had already left the room when Justice and Skye went in, it appeared that they had escaped through a route other than the door, likely the air vent.
Justice and Trucy left the crime and scene and briefly met a man in a silk hat and magician’s outfit similar to Trucy’s. Justice asked her about him, but she claimed not to know who he was. On the stage, they found Gavin and Daryan Crescend, who, in addition to being second guitarist for the Gavinners, was a detective at Criminal Affairs. Gavin recognized the key ring from the crime scene, saying it was his; it had apparently been missing since that morning. Additionally, Gavin and Crescend were arguing about a missed cue during the concert. Gavin showed Justice a mixing board used for recording each band member’s performance separately; it showed that Crescend had been the one who missed the cue.
Trucy then noticed what appeared to be a further connection between the song lyrics and the events of the day: LeTouse’s death, the missing heart-shaped key ring, and the guitar catching fire. Everything appeared to be predicted in the lyrics.
In the Gavinners’ dressing room, they met Lamiroir, who revealed that she actually did speak English. She had already heard of LeTouse’s death, but did not know he had been murdered. Midway through the conversation, Tobaye excused himself to get some fresh air. Justice showed Lamiroir the brooch found at the crime scene, which turned out to be hers; she had lost it earlier. When Justice learned that Lamiroir was known as the “Siren of the Ballad”, he realized she must have been the “siren” LeTouse mentioned, but she neglected to answer when asked if she had really witnessed the crime. After Lamiroir and Justice finished talking, he proceeds to pick up a postcard of Lamiroir on the table and Lamiroir asked him to take one. After that, they decided to go to the scene of the crime.
Skye immediately reprimanded Justice for not keeping an eye on the crime scene as she had told him to, saying that the body had gone missing. Crescend then showed up, saying his guitar had also disappeared. While looking for the body, Justice noticed that the tower in the middle of the stage had been raised. He and Trucy climbed it to find two things they were looking for – the victim’s body and the missing guitar – along with one they never expected to find, an unconscious Machi Tobaye.
Tobaye was immediately arrested because he was the "only person who could have done it". This was because he was the only person who could have fit through the air vent. The next day, Gavin visited Justice at the Wright Anything Agency and said Tobaye had asked that Justice defend him in court.
At the trial, Ema Skye was called to the witness stand first. She testified that the killer could only have escaped the crime scene through the air vent, and that made 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 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 claimes she saw nothing and that LeTouse's body was behind a wall, but with his bracelet, Justice noticed she was swallowing and then shows 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.
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 remembers 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 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.
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.
Back at the Wright Anything Agency, Justice questioned Trucy about Phoenix Wright’s whereabouts. She said he was off on some sort of “secret mission”. Justice appeared skeptical about Lamiroir’s accusation at the trial, after all, Crescend had an obvious alibi: the murder had occurred during the third set, when he was on stage along with the rest of the Gavinners.
Justice and Trucy then received a visit from the man in the magician’s outfit they had met in the backstage hallway the previous day. This time, Trucy recognized him as Valant Gramarye, the former stage partner of her real father, Zak Gramarye. Valant gave them a video tape containing a recording of Lamiroir’s performance during the concert, saying he had been the one behind the magic trick that made Lamiroir disappear. He then left, saying he would be at the Sunshine Coliseum.
Justice visited Tobaye at the detention center, but could not talk to him, since he didn’t speak English. However, as he and Trucy talked to each other about the case, Justice felt his bracelet react. Thinking he might have imagined it, he decided not to pursue the issue any further. They later met Lamiroir at the Sunshine Coliseum and asked her about the illusion, but Valant had made her promise not to tell anyone how it was done. She then showed them a headset she had found on the hallway floor, the same one that had been lying there since the day of the murder. It was apparently a headset worn by everyone on staff for communication, as well as all band members, though it only worked within a 30-foot radius.
Justice then went to the stage, where he encountered Valant again. He told Justice about Magnifi Gramarye, the famous magician who had founded Troupe Gramarye, and that the troupe had ended seven years ago due to Magnifi’s death and Zak’s disappearance. Valant also mentioned that something was strange about the piano; inside it, Justice found a portable switch of sorts. Since the piano wouldn’t play right with that switch inside it, Justice deduced it had been hidden there after the concert. He returned to Lamiroir’s dressing room, where Ema Skye showed them a strange device she had found under the sofa. Wondering if the two devices were connected, Justice pressed the switch, which caused the device Skye had found to produce fire; it was a remote-triggered igniter. Examining the device, Skye saw that it had a weak signal that only reached about 30 feet; however, the cross-section diagram of the coliseum showed that the distance between Lamiroir’s dressing room and the stage was less than that.
Outside the coliseum, Justice ran into Crescend, who was annoyed that Gavin wouldn’t let him work due to him being a suspect. He insisted that he had an airtight alibi and Lamiroir’s account of events was impossible. When questioned about Gavin, he told Justice that the prosecutor was in his office.
At Gavin’s office, Justice found the prosecutor on the phone, talking about something LeTouse had been after on orders from Interpol. Gavin showed Justice and Trucy a strange lump of plastic about an inch and a half long, which was apparently a replica of whatever LeTouse was after, though he was not sure what it was. He also told them about the burnt guitar, which had been a gift from Lamiroir; it had been vacuum-packed and sent all the way form Borginia. Inside the remains of the guitar, Justice found an igniter identical to the one found under the sofa at the crime scene. Gavin also showed them an article from the “Borginian Daily Bugle” about the crime. It did not mention that the crime had followed the lyrics to Lamiroir’s song.
Justice returned to the Sunshine Coliseum with Trucy and ran into Ema Skye, who told them she couldn’t find Lamiroir anywhere. They went to the stage to look for her, and noticed the lights were off. Something else was also different about the stage: the bass case was now closed, and a piece of cloth could be seen sticking out. Upon opening it, Justice and Trucy were once again shocked: Lamiroir was inside the case, unconscious.
Lamiroir was taken to the hospital. Skye told Justice she had been struck on the forehead by an unknown assailant. Upon recovering, Lamiroir thanked Justice for saving her life and told him what had happened. She had been attacked in her dressing room. Knowing that the power in the stage was out due to maintenance, she had run there and hidden inside the bass case, where she had lost consciousness. The assailant had said nothing, so she did not know who it was, but since she had been struck on the forehead, it had probably been someone taller than her, likely a man. Justice wondered if Crescend could have been the attacker.
Justice showed Lamiroir the strange lump form Gavin’s office, which she recognized as a “Borginian cocoon”. She did not know much else about it, except for one thing: Borginian cocoons were not to be taken out of Borginia. Doing so was punishable with death. LeTouse, as Justice deduced, had been tracking down Borginian cocoon smuggling. Justice knew Lamiroir couldn’t be the smuggler, so there was only one other person it could be. He asked Lamiroir to act as an interpreter and returned to the detention center to talk with Tobaye.
Tobaye was frightened upon seeing the cocoon replica, and asked Justice if he knew everything. With Lamiroir translating for him, he told Justice the cocoon could be used to cure “Incuritis”, an otherwise incurable illness. Justice asked Tobaye if he had been smuggling cocoons, but Tobaye would not answer, saying only that he “couldn’t go home”. Justice suspected he was referring to the death penalty for cocoon smuggling.
The meeting was then interruped by Daryan Crescend, who said there was a call for Tobaye from the Borginian embassy. The interruption made Justice suspicious that Crescend was trying to stop him from questioning Tobaye, and he realized there could only be one reason why.
Trial, first session
Before the trial started, Justice was greeted by Valant Gramarye in the defendant lobby. Valant told him that a “Gramarye illusion” was the key to everything that had happened in the case, and left. The bailiff then informed Justice that the trial would start 30 minutes late because the judge had gone to the hospital to visit the Chief Justice’s son, who was terminally afflicted with Incuritis. He gave Justice a newspaper article about the illness; it was the first recorded case of it in the country.
Gavin opened the trial by refuting Lamiroir’s previous accusation with the same reason Crescend had given; he had been playing on stage and thus had an alibi. With Lamiroir’s testimony dismissed and the judge about to declare a guilty verdict, Justice remembered that Tobaye had been about to tell him something about the case when their meeting had been interrupted by Crescend. He asked to have Tobaye testify about the crime, with Lamiroir acting as an interpreter.
Tobaye and Lamiroir were called to the stand. With Lamiroir translating, Tobaye told the court that he had proof of his innocence: the murder had followed the lyrics to Lamiroir’s song, but he did not understand them, since they were in English, so he could not have done it. However, Justice’s bracelet reacted to this statement: Tobaye glanced at Lamiroir the moment she said the word “English”. Justice was now convinced that Tobaye did understand English. Lamiroir insisted he didn’t, but Justice had a counterargument: if Tobaye did not speak English, he should not have known that the crime had followed the lyrics in the first place. Lamiroir said he had read about it in the newspaper. Justice presented the copy of the Borginian newspaper he had received from Gavin: it did not mention the lyrics to the song, so Tobaye could not have learned about it from there.
Tobaye changed his version, saying he had been told about the lyrics by Lamiroir herself, which she confirmed, but Justice’s bracelet reacted again: Lamiroir had swallowed when telling the court she had told Tobaye about the lyrics. Knowing that she was lying to protect Tobaye, Justice told them both that he believed in Tobaye’s innocence, and they should trust him instead of lying to protect each other.
Tobaye finally confessed that he understood English. He told the court he had gone into the dressing room and found LeTouse’s body on the floor. Upon hearing Justice and Skye’s voices from outside, he had panicked and fled through the air vent. Gavin dismissed this explanation; since Tobaye had been at the crime scene and understood the lyrics after all, he had to have been the shooter. Knowing that Tobaye was still hiding something, Justice tried to get him to testify about the Borginian cocoon, but he refused. With the defense and defendant at odds, the judge was forced to declare a recess.
During the recess, Tobaye told Justice something surprising: he had gone into the dressing room, found LeTouse’s body, and only then heard the gunshots. He said the air vents connected both the stage and backstage areas, something he had heard from a magician.
The trial resumed. Justice told the court that Tobaye was still refusing to testify about the cocoon smuggling, but that he had another witness to call: Lamiroir. Gavin objected, saying Lamiroir had already been cross-examined and her testimony found insubstantial, but Justice informed the court about the attack on Lamiroir the previous day. Justice argued that Lamiroir was only known in the United States as a foreign singer who didn’t speak English, yet someone had tried to keep her quiet. The only possible explanation was that she had said something incriminating during her previous testimony, and someone wanted to silence her. Justice claimed that her attacker must have been the same person who killed LeTouse.
Lamiroir took the witness stand again. She testified once more about what she had heard: Crescend and LeTouse talking, followed by gunshots. Justice decided to try a different angle of questioning and asked her what they were talking about. She recalled hearing one phrase very clearly: "It's over. Press the switch! Now!"
Justice presented the remote trigger he had found on the stage, claiming it to be the “switch” in question. Gavin argued that someone on stage couldn’t have heard a voice coming from Lamiroir’s dressing room, but Justice then presented the headset. As the cross-section diagram showed, the direct distance from the dressing room to the stage was less than 30 feet, making communication with the headset possible. Gavin said Justice couldn’t even know for sure that the switch had been on the stage all this time, someone could have hidden it there afterwards. Justice then showed the court the igniter, which was connected to the remote trigger.
Gavin realized what Justice was getting at: his guitar suddenly catching on fire in the middle of the concert. He admitted that the igniter could have been the cause, but his guitar had caught fire during Lamiroir’s song in the second set, whereas the shooting had happened during the Gavinners’ performance in the third set.
Justice was then ready to present a counterargument that would turn the case around: what was incorrect wasn’t the assumption about the switch, but the assumption about the entire case so far, namely that it had happened during the third set. He and Skye had heard gunshots from the hallway, and Tobaye had admitted he had been in the dressing room at the time, however, despite them all having heard the shots, no one had actually witnessed the shooting. The shooting, Justice claimed, had not happened at that moment, but earlier: during Lamiroir’s performance.
The judge argued that this contradicted the evidence: the crime had followed the song lyrics, in which the part about a “bullet” came after the “fire”. Justice, who had finally realized why the criminal had gone to all the trouble of making the crime follow the lyrics, explained the contradiction: the events had not actually happened in the same order as the lyrics. Everyone involved had simply assumed that they had, which was precisely the criminal’s objective. By making the crime appear to follow the lyrics, even taking the risk of moving LeTouse’s body to the stage at the end, they had created the false impression that everything had happened in a certain order. It had been assumed that the shooting had happened after the fire, but it had actually been the other way around. The real crime had happened during the second set, Lamiroir’s ballad, meaning the murderer must have been someone without an alibi for that set.
Gavin said that there was still a contradiction in Justice’s claims: at the time of the crime, the window through which Lamiroir claimed to have heard the gunshots was closed. Rethinking the case, Justice reasoned that there was only one explanation: if the window was closed, and Lamiroir had really heard what she did, she must have been somewhere else. Gavin said there was only one window at the crime scene, but Justice pointed out there was another “window”: the air vent.
Gavin asked what possible reason Lamiroir could have to be in the air vent. Justice decided to ask Lamiroir herself. She admitted that she had been above the ceiling at the time. The “window” through which she had heard the shots was on the ceiling, not the wall.
Lamiroir was asked to testify about why she had been above the ceiling right in the middle of her performance. She would not say why, claiming to be bound to secrecy, but she did name the person who had made her promise to keep it a secret: Valant Gramarye, the magician, who had been responsible for the illusion employed during Lamiroir’s song.
Justice presented the video tape with the recording of Lamiroir’s performance. Lamiroir had “disappeared” during the illusion, proving that she had not been on stage the whole time. She must have been hidden from view during that span of time, moving from the stage to the back of the forum. The diagram showed that the air vent covered that whole distance.
Lamiroir admitted to using the air vent to move across the coliseum during her performance. The judge argued that she had only disappeared for twenty seconds, and that she couldn’t have moved that fast. Since Lamiroir would still not tell how she had done it, it fell on Justice to explain. Lamiroir claimed to have made the trip in two minutes, but she had only disappeared for twenty seconds. Looking over the video of the performance again, Justice noticed that Lamiroir’s brooch had disappeared during the magic act: she had been wearing it on the stage, but not when she reappeared behind the audience. Justice claimed there was only one explanation for the brooch’s disappearance, as well as Lamiroir making the trip across so quickly: the Lamiroir seen on stage before her disappearance and the one who had reappeared behind the audience were two different people. Furthermore, the brooch had been found in the dressing room, directly below the air vent, meaning she must have accidentally dropped it through the grate while she crossed it.
Lamiroir confirmed that she had dropped her brooch through the air vent. Gavin, who knew part of the trick behind the illusion, said that the “fake Lamiroir” seen on stage was Valant Gramarye, who had replaced her before the tower was risen. Justice pointed out that she was still singing even after being replaced by Valant, and asked how that was possible. Trucy suggested a recording, but Lamiroir denied it, saying what they heard was her own voice; she had kept singing even while moving through the air vent. The judge asked how the people in the dressing room could not have heard her voice if she was singing in the air vent, but Gavin explained that the dressing rooms were fitted with speakers that piped in direct feed from the stage microphones. Lamiroir’s voice in the ceiling would have sounded just like her voice coming from the speakers, so no one would have known she was in the air vent.
Lamiroir then remembered something else: the moment she had heard the gunshots, she had been startled and stopped singing for only a moment. Justice realized that, with this information, they might be able to find the exact time the gunshots had been fired. Watching the recording again, Justice found the error he was looking for: one verse in the song was, “Pleasure, pleasure… but a fleeting melody”, but instead, Lamiroir had sung, “Pleasure… but a fleeting melody”. This appeared to confirm the time of the shooting, meaning that Daryan Crescend had no alibi after all. Gavin said there was still the possibility that Lamiroir was lying to protect Tobaye, and the only way to be sure was to cross-examine Crescend himself. Court was adjourned for a fifteen-minute recess.
During the recess, Justice and Trucy were greeted by Phoenix Wright. He said he was confident that Justice would be able to prove Tobaye innocent, but, under the current court system, it would not be easy to indict Crescend, since the only proof they had against him was Lamiroir’s testimony. Before leaving, Phoenix gave Justice something else Ema Skye had found at the crime scene: fragments of a firecracker, found under the sofa.
Trial, second session
Daryan Crescend was finally summoned to the witness stand. He began his testimony by stating that Lamiroir was simply lying. According to him, she could not have recognized his voice, since she had never heard it in the first place; besides, Ema Skye had heard the gunshots during the third act. Justice countered this by presenting the two things found under the sofa in Lamiroir’s dressing room: an igniter and remains of a firecracker. The sound that Justice and Skye had assumed to be gunshots could have been the igniter going off and causing the firecracker to explode. Crescend could have activated the igniter remotely to produce the fake gunshots and create witnesses.
Crescend replied to this explanation by saying that it seemed too convenient; it was unlikely that the firecracker would just happen to go off when there were witnesses in the hallway. Trucy reminded Justice that Crescend had been playing on stage at the time; he could not have known whether there would be anyone in the hallway at the time to witness the fake gunshots.
Gavin then reminded Justice of something he had seen in the hallway that day: a headset lying on the floor. Justice realized that, if the headset had been turned on, someone in a different location could have heard what was going on in the hallway, even someone on stage. With Gavin appearing to help Justice with this clue, Crescend asked him whose side he was on, but Gavin simply replied that there were no sides in a court of law. Gavin then addressed Justice: with the headset and the firecracker, he had proven the possibility that the gunshots heard during the third act had been faked, but it was still just that, a possibility. Justice would still need to prove the other side of the story: that the real shooting had happened during the second act.
Justice offered to prove when the real shooting had taken place using a new piece of evidence: the mixing board Gavin had shown him after the concert. It made it possible to hear each band member’s performance separately, as recorded by their headsets. Since Lamiroir had heard the gunshots, her headset might have recorded the sound.
Justice used the mixing board to filter out everything but Lamiroir’s part of the song, and he found what he was looking for: right at the moment when she had forgotten the words to the song, there was a sound resembling a gunshot. Gavin accepted this as proof that Lamiroir’s testimony was true; there had been a gunshot sound during the second act. Since Crescend had not been on stage then, he could have been the shooter. There was something else that seemed to point to Crescend as the shooter: the murder weapon was a 45-caliber revolver, a weapon powerful enough to injure even the shooter. As Gavin recalled, Crescend had missed a cue during the third act. His playing could have been affected because he had hurt himself firing the weapon.
Crescend countered that, as a detective, he was used to shooting and would not hurt himself firing a weapon. Gavin, who almost seemed to be on Justice’s side now, replied that the standard issue for police officers was a 38-caliber revolver, a much less powerful weapon. Furthermore, the murder weapon had been stolen from LeTouse, indicating a struggle between the shooter and the victim, which meant the shooter might not have been holding the revolver correctly when he fired.
Crescend said that none of this evidence against him was decisive, it was all circumstantial. More importantly, he argued, he had no motive. Justice then presented what he believed to be the murder motive: the Borginian cocoon. He explained that the cocoon could be used to create a cure for a serious illness, but that it was illegal to take them out of the country. When the judge asked why, Gavin explained: by processing the cocoon in a slightly different manner, one could create a deadly poison, this was why Interpol was after the cocoons. Crescend said that selling cocoons on the black market was too dangerous and not lucrative, but Justice suggested that the smuggler may have been after a different buyer, presenting the newspaper article about the Chief Justice’s son, afflicted with Incuritis. As a detective, Crescend could have had contact with the Chief Justice.
Crescend argued further that smuggling cocoons out of Borginia was nearly impossible, the customs checked everything. Justice showed that there was a way to smuggle the cocoons out of Borginia: Gavin’s guitar. He had used a special shipping service available only to prosecutors to bring it to the United States, and it had been vacuum-packed. Customs would not check something belonging to a prosecutor. As a member of the band, Crescend could have had access to the guitar and hidden the cocoons inside it. This was why Gavin’s keys had been stolen on the day of the murder; to retrieve the cocoons from inside the guitar. However, something had happened that the smuggler had not counted on: the guitar had been wrapped, and unwrapping it would certainly raise suspicions. On top of that, LeTouse had been after the cocoons. He could have found out where they were hidden simply by checking the shipping records. The smuggler had had no choice but to destroy the cocoons by burning Gavin’s guitar.
However, Crescend said it was impossible for him to have been the smuggler because he had never even been to Borginia, which Gavin confirmed. Justice said it was far from impossible, all he needed was a Borginian accomplice to hide the cocoons. Only one person fit all the requirements to be this accomplice: Machi Tobaye.
The judge was shocked that Justice would name his own client as an accomplice to smuggling, but Justice explained that his job was to prove Tobaye innocent in the murder of Romein LeTouse. The judge suggested the possibility that Lamiroir had been the accomplice instead, but Justice explained that this was impossible. At the moment when Gavin’s guitar had caught fire, Lamiroir had been in the air vent. The tower in the middle of the stage, on which Gavin was standing, had been raised, putting it too far away from Lamiroir’s position for her to have pressed the switch that activated the igniter. Only someone actually on the stage could have pressed the remote switch, namely Tobaye, who was at the piano.
Crescend then asked to see the video of the performance again and pointed out a problem with Justice’s theory: the piano could clearly be heard at the moment when the guitar had burst into flames. If Tobaye had been playing the piano, he could not have pressed the switch. Justice’s theory appeared to have fallen apart, but then Gavin commented that something about Tobaye’s performance sounded odd. Justice then presented the mixing board again, proposing that they listen to the piano at the moment before the guitar had caught fire. Indeed, the piano at that part sounded odd, almost as if Tobaye had been playing with only one hand. If that were the case, it could mean he was using his other hand to press the switch.
Justice compared the piano at the end of the second verse, when the guitar burned, to the same part in the first verse. They should have been the same, but in the recording, only the part in the first verse had both high and low notes, meaning it had been played with two hands. Tobaye could have been using only one hand during the second verse. Crescend said it could simply have been a different arrangement, but Gavin answered that there was no point in changing an arrangement if the change couldn’t be heard clearly. The piano was simply a background accompaniment, so Gavin wouldn’t have changed the arrangement.
Justice finally appeared to have made a solid case to indict Crescend, but the latter started laughing. Gavin explained to Justice that, although his case was solid, none of the evidence was decisive. He could not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Crescend had smuggled the cocoons or killed LeTouse. Justice argued that all the facts pointed to him, but the Judge would not hear it, saying that, even if a thousand facts pointed toward the same conclusion, it was not proof without decisive evidence. The court could not acknowledge the accusation against Crescend.
Remembering what Phoenix had said – that he would not be able to prove Crescend’s guilt through conventional means – Justice realized that what he needed was not evidence, but a witness. Namely, the one person who knew the truth about Crescend’s plan, Machi Tobaye. With permission from Borginia, they could obtain a cocoon and burn it. It would certainly leave a residue, which they could compare to residues found inside the burnt guitar. All Tobaye had to do was acknowledge his participation in the smuggling, and the case would be solved.
Crescend laughed, saying Tobaye would never talk: cocoon smuggling was punishable by death in Borginia, so confessing to it would be suicide. However, Justice pointed out that confessing was, in fact, the only way Tobaye could avoid the death penalty. If he admitted to smuggling in the United States, he would be tried there for smuggling, and wouldn’t have received the death penalty. But, since news of LeTouse’s death had already reached Borginia, if he didn’t confess, he would eventually be picked up by Borginian police. Plus, with everything that had been proven, Tobaye was also no longer in any danger of being found guilty of LeTouse’s murder; he had no reason not to confess to smuggling. Realizing his situation, Daryan Crescend tried to bargain with Tobaye for his silence, making offer after offer, until he finally broke down on the stand, desperately begging for Tobaye not to talk. Gavin told him it was nice rocking with him.
Tobaye was called to the stand. The judge asked him if he would testify about his role as an accomplice. Justice told him he had never wanted it to come to this, but he was not the kind of lawyer who could overlook a crime. Tobaye said he had known from the beginning that he would have to confess. Finally taking off his sunglasses, he thanked Justice for defending him in spite of his lies. The judge then handed down a not guilty verdict.
In the defendant lobby, Justice and Trucy met Phoenix and Lamiroir. The singer seemed remarkably calm about the outcome of the trial, saying that, although she loved Tobaye like a son, he still had to pay for what he had done. She also announced that she was considering having an eye operation to regain her sight, per Phoenix’s suggestion. According to the doctor, Lamiroir had lost her sight in some sort of accident. She said that she wanted to take up painting if she regained her sight. Phoenix told Justice and Trucy that he still had to finish his “secret mission”. Lamiroir then bade farewell to them, saying that she hoped they would meet again.
References to popular culture
- During a conversation in the early part of the investigation, Justice and Gavin have the following exchange: "Nobody told me there would days like these" "Strange days, indeed". "Nobody told me there would days like these. Strange days indeed" are lines in the chorus of the John Lennon song "Nobody Told Me".
- There are several references to the band The Police when investigating the Gavinners's dressing room. If a poster of a policeman is examined, Trucy wonders if the band are trying to "trick kids into thinking the police are some kind of band". Justice thinks "that's just silly. Who'd name a band the "police"?" Also in the dressing room, if the red light on the wall is examined, Trucy thinks that it would "be cooler if they turned that red light on". Justice, on the other hand, says that "They don't have to turn on the red light", which is a reference to The Police song Roxanne.
- Before the second trial, when Valant Gramarye enters the courthouse using the front door, Justice comments that he's entering just like a regular muggle. This is a reference to the Harry Potter fantasy novels, which are set at a school for magic, with non-magic users (i.e., the general public) being referred to as "muggles".
- During the second day of investigation, Trucy mentions Lamiroir as having "elephant ears", to which Justice replies: "Somehow I don't think it means what you think it means." Furthermore during the second day of the trial, Justice says: "That's the only logical explanation", referring to the position where Lamiroir was when she witnessed the crime. Gavin responds by saying: ""Logical"? I do not think this word means what you think it means, Herr Forehead!" These are references to a similar line said by the character Inigo Montoya to Vizzini (Vizzini: "HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE." Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.") in the 1987 American romantic comedy adventure film The Princess Bride.
- Examining the bouquet in Lamiroir's dressing room on the second day of investigation leads to Apollo suggesting the idea of a "magnolia made out of steel". This alludes to the 1989 American comedy-drama film Steel Magnolias.
- Examining the right most poster on the wall in Lamiroir's dressing room reveals that it is an advertisement for an upcoming production called "Case Closed", which Apollo says he wouldn't mind seeing. This could be a reference to the murder mystery manga and anime series, 'Case Closed' (also known as 'Detective Conan').
- If the silk hat in the Wright Anything Agency is examined, Trucy will say "Of course! My hat's like a little universe! Bigger on the inside than on the outside!" after which Justice will reply with "Hmm... That reminds me of a sci-fi show I used to watch." This is a reference to the sci-fi show Doctor Who, in which the main protagonist, The Doctor, travels in space and time in his TARDIS, which is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
- Before going to the Gavinners’ dressing room to find Lamiroir and after Valant Gramarye disappears again, Apollo thinks, “Curiouser and curiouser...” This could be a reference to Alice in Wonderland, in which Alice says the same thing.
Typos and mistakes
- During Justice's investigation on the second day, Klavier Gavin, while in his office, says "...Too tell the truth, I'm not even sure what it is" instead of "...To tell the truth, I'm not even sure what it is".
- The 45-caliber revolver used as the murder weapon appears to be based off the real-world Smith & Wesson Model 29.
- Outside Sunshine Coliseum there is a figure that appears to be a man wearing orange and having a picnic with what appears to be a woman. This could conceivably be Phoenix Wright's childhood friend Larry Butz (considering his attire and his presence with a woman), although the figure is too far away to say for certain and it may just be a subtle nod by the developers. A few months later, another figure can be seen outside the Coliseum wearing pink and painting, which may also be Butz (as "Laurice Deauxnim") but, once again, he is too far away to say for certain.
- This is one of only three cases in the series to date to have a child suspect (the others being The Grand Turnabout and The Foreign Turnabout). While Athena was a child when the UR-1 incident occurred,she wasn't tried for that case until she was older.
- Of the five victims in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Romein LeTouse is the only one who did not partake in any known immoral activities: Shadi Smith staged evidence that would have implicated Phoenix as a cheat (artificially destroying his reputation); Pal Meraktis was a mob doctor who hid the fact that the bullet in his patient was still there; Drew Misham was a dealer in forged art; and Magnifi Gramarye blackmailed both of his pupils with a death that hadn't actually happened.
- Before Crescend takes the stand, Gavin states that he was the first detective he ever worked with, despite the fact that Dick Gumshoe was in charge of the initial investigation for his first trial. Although seemingly a contradiction, Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth has been shown, with the assistance of detectives, investigating and solving cases that he did not end up actually prosecuting for (e.g., Turnabout Reminiscence and Turnabout Ablaze).