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Nightclub Attack Update

 
Nightclub Attack Update

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A witness told authorities that a 23-year-old woman who died after being beaten outside a Southern California nightclub instigated the fight by shouting obscenities and throwing the first punch after she and her friends bumped into another group exiting the trendy bar, a police detective testified Monday.

According to one witness, Annie Hung Kim Pham began swearing and was restrained by friends as the other group walked away, Santa Ana police Detective Roland Andrade said at a preliminary hearing to determine whether two women should stand trial in the case. When the opposing group of two men and three women returned, Pham threw the first punch, Andrade quoted the eyewitness as saying.

The account differs dramatically from that of Pham's friends, who told police that three women assaulted Pham, 23, without provocation after the two groups bumped into each other outside The Crosby nightclub in Santa Ana in the early morning hours of Jan. 18.

The hearing will resume Tuesday for Vanesa Zavala and Candace Brito, who have pleaded not guilty to murder.

Police are still investigating a third woman as a person of interest and have reviewed three cellphone videos of the fight.

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Photo Credit: Pham Family

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