The Accused

April 3, 2018

"So you want to be my lawyer?" asks Ash.

The first thing most people notice about Ash de Killer's face, besides the trademark stitches, is its unnatural haggardness. Ash's eyes are young and alive, but his cheeks droop in a permanent frown, and his hair is gray. Granted, the black roots coming in hamper the effect a little, but Mr. de Killer is still the saddest-looking defendant you've seen since Miles Edgeworth charged his own dog with three counts of unruly behavior.

"They've got a pretty bad case against me, you know."

You know. The current account sits in your hands right now, and it's not looking good. This is a high-profile case, but nobody expects Ash to get out of it intact. He's a de Killer, after all, and they never last long in court after they're caught. The facts, as currently known, are as follows:

PRELIMINARY BRIEF:

{{Defendant: Ash de Killer

Defendant's occupation: Apprentice to assassin Shelley de Killer.

Defendant's appearance: Stitches running down center of defendant's face, forehead to chin; possible signs of nanoreconstructive surgery. Monocle. Voice synthesizer box worn on throat, possibly to distort his speaking voice to avoid recognition.

Details of the alleged crime, as they stand: Murder of Prosecutor Diego Armando. The body of Diego Armando was found in the restroom of the Curly Cutz Barbershop and Bistro, slumped over a sink, at 8:55 PM on Friday, April 2nd. Abrasions on the neck are consistent with strangulation. Diego was seen dining with an individual in a black hooded sweatshirt, of roughly the defendant's height, shortly before the murder. Nobody saw the hooded man's face.

According to John Tearsheet, the waiter serving their table, the two walked into the bathroom together, and the hooded man left the restaurant alone. As Armando had been heard speaking loudly and angrily, both by Tearsheet and a couple sitting at the neighboring table, he investigated the bathroom, where he found Armando's body.

Detective Gumshoe led the investigation of the murder, and recovered several critical pieces of evidence. The most incriminating was a plastic card placed on the back of the victim. In addition, when the victim fell, he left his finger outstretched, pointing at the mirror. Finally, the victim's optovisor was found broken on the floor next to his body.

Ash de Killer had been trailed for two weeks by Agent Jim Alder, NSA, and Agent Canter James, FBI, who had been hoping to be led to the hideout of Ash's mentor, Shelley de Killer. However, Agents Alder and James could not account for Ash's whereabouts on the night of the murder. Ash was arrested at Union Station on April 3rd, at 7:12 AM, where he gave himself up without a struggle, protesting his innocence. He claimed to be investigating the death himself, but a phone tap on his home line revealed that he had been offered a contract on Armando's life by an unknown potential client several days before..

No autopsy could be performed on Mr. Armando's body, as it disappeared from the County Morgue at some time between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Security cameras record a hooded figure entering the building at 12:14 AM, but do not record this person's exit. The figure's height is roughly consistent with the defendant's.

(It does look bad… but this may be the only way to find Shelley de Killer.)

"So… are you going to take my case?"

"Yes, I'll do it."
"I think you should find another lawyer, Mr. de Killer."

  • Attorney's Badge

It's nice to be wearing one again.

  • Abrasions

These red lines that suggest that a thin cord was wrapped around the struggling victim's neck.

  • Plastic card

A thick card that bears the insignia of a bird, possibly a heron, as well as Ash de Killer's fingerprints.

  • Phone records

Transcript of a call from a pay phone, requesting assassination of Diego Armando.

  • Broken visor

The optovisor used by Armando. Bears Armando's fingerprints.

  • Camera footage

Shows back of a hooded figure entering the County Morgue at 12:14 AM.

  • Mirror

The bathroom mirror faced the sink and the victim.

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