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2 women convicted of deadly OC nightclub beating

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two women were convicted Thursday of kicking a third woman to death during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Candace Brito, 27, and Vanesa Zavala, 26, were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury for the Jan. 18 attack outside The Crosby in Santa Ana.

Superior Court jurors chose to convict the women of the lesser charge instead of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said the women kicked Annie Kim Pham in the head after she was knocked down during a fight. Pham, 23, died after being taken off life support two days after the attack.

A forensic pathologist who conducted Pham's autopsy ruled the cause of death was blunt force injury to the head but said it was impossible to tell whether one specific blow or even a combination of blows caused the fatal brain bleeding.

During the trial, Etoi Davenport testified that Pham could have died as a result of being punched or kicked, or from hitting her head on the sidewalk. The pathologist said Pham received six major blows to the head.

At a preliminary hearing, witnesses testified that Pham and her group of 11 friends were waiting in line to get into the club as Brito, Zavala and several of their friends were exiting. At some point, the groups bumped into each other.

One witness told authorities that Pham started swearing and threw the first punch. But Pham's friends told police the three women in the other group attacked Pham without provocation.

Jurors were shown cellphone videos of the beating.

Brito's attorney, Michael Molfetta, told jurors that Pham started a fistfight with another woman, Emilia Calderon. He said it wasn't proven that his client - a friend of Calderon's - kicked Pham during scuffling involving several people.

Zavala's attorney, Kenneth Reed, argued that his client didn't kick Pham and that punches from other people might have killed her.

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geonosian713 July 24 2014 at 9:32 PM


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sun1045 July 24 2014 at 9:09 PM

Animals that need to be put away....

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vincentpricehowell July 24 2014 at 9:13 PM

Take'em out and hang them, by the neck until dead. We executed female Nazi guards, for doing the same thing. What has changed? The Liberals have taken over society, that's what!

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Jacquie July 24 2014 at 9:52 PM

I don't give a rats ass what ethnic group they belong to they are they should get what they gave. The taxpayers have to house, feed, clothe and provide medical for this human garbage. Seems like executions are going right with the meds so I've no problem with them being kicked to death. Maybe people might reconsider their actions if the consequence was you get what you gave.

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vincentpricehowell July 24 2014 at 9:22 PM

I just noticed this is in Little Mexico, oops, I mean California. Lets let some more of these fleas in the country!

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Marquita July 24 2014 at 9:06 PM

Good verdict. Now suffer the consequences of your actions.

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dashdzl Marquita July 24 2014 at 9:53 PM


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kpsra Marquita July 25 2014 at 7:49 AM

should of been murder 2

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andria31707 kpsra July 25 2014 at 1:24 PM

Exactly - they won't even do time for manslaughter, people.

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rickydh1956 July 24 2014 at 9:58 PM

Give them what they dished out, why should they deserve any less, they didn't show leniency toward the girl the murdered.

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nickbodysnake July 24 2014 at 10:19 PM

Evil mindless idiots

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roseyoungstewart nickbodysnake July 25 2014 at 8:30 AM

Their stupidity is caused by their misshappened heads.. see that one who has almost a pin head pointed head? ? i bet she's one mean SOB !

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Gloria July 24 2014 at 9:13 PM

How'd they get here in the first place?

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TEXVOODOO2 July 25 2014 at 1:56 AM

And to think Obama and the Democrats want to bring millions more of these little darlings into your country and legalize them. Stand up for your country by standing up to the Democrats this November. Say no to the illegal invasion that is now taking place on our southern border.

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FlyerHockeyPride TEXVOODOO2 July 25 2014 at 8:23 AM

Vote them ALL out in November and impeach President Muslim as well! He and his trash wife have infested our country with two legged street trash and this needs to stop....Clinton WAS impeached but he was allowed to finish his term? WTF is up with that? If you're impeached, you get your horndog a$$ OUT of OUR White House, not yours!

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