Prosecutor: Videos show women kicking victim

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Prosecutor: Videos show women kicking victim
Vanesa Zavala, left, and Candace Marie Brito listen during a hearing at the West Justice Center, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, Westminster, Calif. The two defendants were moved from their chairs and placed in the jury box for a better viewing angle while the prosecution played a video allegedly implicating them in the beating death of a woman in front of a Santa Ana nightclub. (AP Photo/Mark Boster, Pool)
Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Borris, left, stands up to tell the court to dim the lights at the West Justice Center in Westminster while a video showing a fight play, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Westminster, Calif., during a hearing for Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala. (AP Photo/Mark Boster, Pool)
Defense Attorney Kenneth Alan Reed, left, questions Santa Ana Police Detective Matthew Mcleod during a hearing for Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Zavala, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Westminster, Calif. The women face second-degree murder charges for the beating of a woman in front of a Santa Ana nightclub last month. (AP Photo/Mark Boster, Pool)
Candace Marie Brito, left. and Vanesa Zavala sit in the West Justice Center, Westminster, Calif., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at a preliminary hearing. The two are charged in the beating death of Kim Pham in front of a Santa Ana nightclub. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, POOL).
Candace Marie Brito arrives for a preliminary hearing at the West Justice Center in Westminster, Calif., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Brito and Vanesa Zavala are charged in the beating death of Kim Pham in front of a Santa Ana nightclub, (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool)
Vanesa Zavala arrives for a preliminary hearing at the West Justice Center in Westminster, California February 10, 2014. Zavala and Candace Marie Brito are facing charges in the beating death of Kim Pham in front of a Santa Ana nightclub. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool)
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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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