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OC nightclub beating verdict

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Justice for Kim Pham

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Two women were convicted today of voluntary  manslaughter for a brawl outside a Santa Ana nightclub that killed a 23-year- old woman waiting to get inside.

Candace Marie Brito, 27, and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, were also  convicted of assault for with force likely to cause great bodily injury for the  Jan. 19 melee outside the Crosby Bar and Nightclub. Sentencing was set for  Sept. 12.

Kim Pham, who was waiting with friends to get into the club, died in the  attack.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino argued that witness accounts  and two videos shown during the trial proved the defendants kicked Pham in the  head outside the now-closed bar.

Defense attorneys, however, countered that the videos were inconclusive,  and that prosecutors could not prove which blow actually caused Pham's death.

Dr. Etoi Davenport, who performed the autopsy on Pham, testified during  the trial that she sustained six major blows to the head, and any one of them  could have killed her. Pham was in a fistfight that she started with another  woman, identified by defense attorneys as Emilia Calderon, and could have been  killed by one of those punches, Brito's attorney Michael Molfetta contended.

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