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Prosecutor: Videos show women kicking victim



WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors presenting their case against two women charged with murder showed a short cellphone video on Tuesday of a chaotic fight outside a California nightclub that left a 23-year-old woman dead.

The brief, jumpy video shows victim Annie Hung Kim Pham wrestling with another woman on a sidewalk. As they struggle, a woman in a black jacket and boots approaches and appears to kick Pham in the head.

Prosecutors say the kicker is Vanesa Zavala. Immediately after the kick, Pham goes limp and the clip ends with her friends lifting her by her arms as they try to carry her away.

Zavala and Candace Brito have pleaded not guilty. A judge will determine after the two-day hearing whether there is enough evidence to order them to stand trial.

Police have reviewed three videos from bystanders. Other footage appears to show Brito kicking Pham as well before she is knocked to the ground by another woman.

Police are still seeking to interview a third woman, identified in court testimony as "Amelia," who they say is the person wrestling on the ground with Pham when she is kicked.

Just who started the fight outside The Crosby in the early morning hours of Jan. 18 was in dispute on Monday during the first day of testimony.

A witness told authorities the fight began after Pham started swearing at a group of people that she and her friends had bumped into outside the club, and that Pham threw the first punch. Pham's friends say three women in the other group attacked Pham without provocation.

Brito and Zavala were arrested after they were picked out of a photo lineup by eyewitnesses.

Defense attorneys have repeatedly introduced the idea that Pham's friends might have minimized their involvement and Pham's role in the fight.

They have also been picking at the police investigation, pointing out that detectives have not positively identified another woman who can also be seen on the video kicking at the woman who is fighting Pham.

"You don't even know who that person is, do you? You don't even know if she's in any way connected to Ms. Pham, do you?" Brito's attorney, Michael Molfetta, said to Santa Ana police Detective Leo Rodriguez.

"You haven't investigated it because you've decided those two are guilty of murder and everybody else is a victim. That's why you haven't followed up on this, isn't it?" Molfetta said to Rodriguez, who denied the statement.

Pham, who went by the first name Kim, graduated from Chapman University last year and would have celebrated her first wedding anniversary last month. She was an aspiring writer whose work was published online and in an anthology of works by Vietnamese-American writers.

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Janie February 12 2014 at 6:39 PM

A fight is a fight...regardless of why it started it. But WHO mobs up en masse and kicks anyone in the head??? You only do that when there is a clear intent to permanently maim or kill someone -- and I hope these trashy little gangbanger b*tches rightly go down for first-degree murder!

Prayers to Ms. Pham's family.

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jc1southernbelle February 12 2014 at 11:48 AM

First of all, my prayers goes out to all involved, especially the to the husband and family members of Kim, who was so senselessly killed. I'm sure that Kim did not know that she was going to be beat to death and the other women did not plan to go to jail for her murder and I'm also pretty sure alcohol/drugs was involved in their attitude. It's amazing that a simple excuse me or pardon me, could have deterred this heinous crime. To me this is just more evidence that it is signs of the time.
Proverbs 6:16-19, There are six things the Lord hates and seven that are an abomination to Him;
Haughty Eyes, Lying Tongue, Hands that Shed Innocent Blood, An Heart that Devised Wicked Plans, Feet that are Swift in Running to Evil, A False Witness that Speaks Lies and he that Sows Discord (Hate) among brothers. We need to get back to the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, the (BIBLE)! They are guilty of murder!!! Their on film!!! "WHY WASTE" are taxes on court fees??? Give them the opportunity to repent and send them home, God can take it from there!!!

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catrn7 February 12 2014 at 10:47 AM

Not cool to make fool of Judge. Forensics. People have not even seen a ...convenient .... filming of alleged crime. I doubt those 2 are murderers and NOT RIGHT to fill up a prison business if there's a low occupancy rate. Think outside the box people, in Jesus Name, Amen.

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marshallcoid February 12 2014 at 10:22 AM

What kind of people are these? Brawling and kicking as a form of "conflict resolution"? We have too many opting for barbarity and violence as a "normal" state of mind. This need escalate to physical altercation and in worst case scenarios, like this, continue into assault and murder is hard to comprehend. Any glorification of this "approach" reflects a suspect way of thinking at the very least.

How does one "grow up" to be so undeveloped? It is an indictment of the rearing and education and experience that has "formed" such creatures as these. An indictment also of whatever personal circle spawned them-a sub-culture that is in no way representative of any given race, economic strata, etc. Few groups can claim to be "bad apple" free. The larger issues apply to ALL INDIVIDUALLY.

Carrying around a state of rage and inclination to fight whenever possible is repulsive. It is similar to a child that has tantrums at the drop of a hat. A million miles from maturity. Are these "types" animals? Very little else but, sad to say....

Instead of "clubbing" I would suggest developing one's mind and seeking more substantial entertainment and interests (the more diverse and "elevated" the better). Less emulation of so-called Reality TV "stars" behavior/"thought" processes, recognizing that much celebrity is based mostly on ego and selfishness with limited (if any) actual accomplishment or admirable personal skills.

Learning to actually communicate with intelligence and self-control is a good start. Having an interest in Art and intellectuality (lifelong pursuits). Developing a reverence for language instead of rudimentary communication peppered with "like" "ya know" "know what I'm sayin" etc.-pervasive indications of our current prevalent linguistic dysfunction.

These creatures result when life is squandered in mediocrity or primitivism. Even those from the worst backgrounds are capable of great things. There are NO excuses. Choices? Yes. Hard work? Absolutely. Excuses? No!!!

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olympictorchrun4 February 12 2014 at 10:01 AM

No trial needed, throw both brutal pigs in a lion cage!

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catrn7 February 12 2014 at 10:15 AM

That's an Ungodly and Unpatriotic comment and THREAT to everyone's rights and civil liberties. I would make a citizens arrest if you dare say that about a persons rights. Due Process. FORENSICS.

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FRANK PENDLETON February 12 2014 at 9:56 AM

FIRING SQUAD.....SAVE THE TAXPAYERS MONEY......

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class3guns February 12 2014 at 9:55 AM

Get them both down on the ground and kick the Begeesus out of the both of them til their dead.

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catrn7 February 12 2014 at 11:02 AM

No we are the U. S. we are civilized. If your mother down on ground after threatening someone and someone kicking her a US citizen will save her and not let the Begeesus be kicked from her and they wont arrest the wrong person and will consider what happened with all facts and circumstances including state of mind which informs intent. Then you give it to A Judge, unlike you, hopefully trained with the Providence of Mercy and pray for everyone. Where is your heart? OMG.

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johnre9999 February 12 2014 at 9:48 AM

For all the comments on here convicting these two before a decision has even been made if they will have to FACE trial (let alone be found guilty); I say shame on you. None of us were there and do not know the circumstances. I am not defending these women; but neither am I convicting them outright. How about we all wait for some evidence beyond a choppy video and a gaggle of finger pointing?

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slackwarerobert February 12 2014 at 10:07 AM

video of them attacking her, then carrying away the body Yea, why jump to conclusions, maybe she died on the gw parkway when biden ran over her.

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cmiceli6 February 12 2014 at 9:46 AM

Let them have some jail time and let the good old girls in CELL BLOCK C teach them some manners!!

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selena2v February 12 2014 at 9:41 AM

A successful beautiful young woman, who actually had some good to offer this world, is taken out of it by low lives that contribute nothing, never had and never will.

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slackwarerobert February 12 2014 at 10:09 AM

Shouldn't that be an UNARMED women learned to late the leftists lied about not needing a gun?
Zimmerman found himself on the ground the same way, but HAD a gun and lived.

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