Credit: Steve Gregory
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder charges after a beating outside a nightclub took the life of a 23-year-old California woman.
A judge ruled there was enough evidence to try Vanesa Zavala and Candace Brito.
Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death last month of Annie Hung Kim Pham.
Just who started the fight outside The Crosby is in dispute.
A witness told authorities the fight began after Pham started swearing at a group of people and threw the first punch.
Pham's friends countered that three women in the other group attacked Pham without provocation after they bumped into her.
The ruling came after a preliminary hearing that featured cellphone videos of the melee.
One video shows Pham wrestling with another woman on a sidewalk. As they struggle, a woman in a white blouse, black jacket and boots approaches and appears to kick Pham in the head.
Prosecutors say the kicker is 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.
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