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2 Women Convicted Of Fatally Beating 23-Year-Old Woman Outside Santa Ana Nightclub
CBSLA.com) ^ | July 24, 2014 1:49 PM

Posted on 07/24/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin

SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Candace Marie Brito, 27, and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, were found guilty of killing Kim Pham during a Jan. 19 melee outside the Crosby Bar and Nightclub.

Jurors found Brito and Zavala guilty of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Sentencing was set for Sept. 12.

Pham got into a fistfight with another woman, identified by defense attorneys as Emilia Calderon, before falling to the ground and being surrounded by Calderon’s friends.

When officers arrived they found Pham, who appeared unconscious, on the sidewalk.

Pham was declared brain dead when she arrived at a hospital and was disconnected from life support two days later, after her organs were harvested.

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.

Prosecutors relied on witness accounts and two cellphone videos during the trial to argue the defendants kicked her in the head.

Attorneys for Brito and Zavala countered that the videos were inconclusive and couldn’t prove whether Pham suffered fatal injuries from the fistfight with Calderon or after she fell to the ground.

Zavala’s attorney, Kenneth Reed, told jurors that prosecutors failed to prove a cause of death in the case, making acquittal necessary. Reed also argued that the victim was also punched by other people, which could have caused her death, and said his client did not kick Pham.

The Crosby Bar and Nightclub has since been closed.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: assault

1 posted on 07/24/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Ferals.


2 posted on 07/24/2014 4:41:31 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: BenLurkin

Gorgeous little Asian girl (tons of pics online) and two rather butch Latinas.


3 posted on 07/24/2014 4:43:14 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: BenLurkin

Obama daughters or illegals?


4 posted on 07/24/2014 4:44:16 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: BenLurkin

One news story says the altercation came from Pham accidentally photo-bombing Emilia and her friends. Clearly a death penalty offense.


5 posted on 07/24/2014 4:45:28 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: BenLurkin

Killed by:


6 posted on 07/24/2014 4:54:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin

Post from when this happened.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3116032/posts


7 posted on 07/24/2014 4:56:53 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: BenLurkin

Santa Ana sure has changed since I was there last.


8 posted on 07/24/2014 5:02:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: BenLurkin
There is no point in passing any immigrationm laws as long as the ones we now have on the books are not being enforced.
11 posted on 07/24/2014 5:15:07 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: MRourke85

“Poor, pretty Asian girl.”

But the poor, pretty Asian girl may well have provoked the fight.

From what I’ve gathered in following the story- a local one for me- the fight started when someone in Phams’s group and someone with the two latinas bumped into each other.

Pham appears to have thrown the first punch. Alcohol was involved. It’s never a smart move to start a fight with latina chicks because they most likely will punch right back. Which they did.

The two latinas were convicted of manslaughter because they kicked Pham in the head when she had fallen to the ground and posed no threat to them.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: Teacher317

The photo-bombing story turned out not to be true. Someone in Pham’s group bumped into one of the latina group and words were exchanged. Witnesses agreed that Pham threw the first punch and then the fight was on.


13 posted on 07/24/2014 5:27:33 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: BenLurkin

Pham was out of her weight class. Bad things can happen when a flyweight takes on two heavyweights.


14 posted on 07/24/2014 5:54:51 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably a good idea not to start a fight with another woman that has hairy arms, lots of tattoos, has you by 30or 40 pounds and friends that look like they escaped from an institution.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 5:55:40 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Stupid has consequences ... in healthcare it can be a fatal consequence!)
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To: ought-six
"Bad things can happen when a flyweight takes on two heavyweights."

But it works in all the movies...

16 posted on 07/24/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT by Flag_This (You can't spell "treason" without the "O".)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

lol


17 posted on 07/24/2014 5:58:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: skeeter

When were you last in Santa Ana?

It’s like 90% minority. Maybe more.


18 posted on 07/24/2014 5:59:58 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

1973.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 6:00:57 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Lol.

Yeah a bit has changed since.

I think it’s like the most Latin district.

Couldn’t swear to that, but it’s (heavily) Latin.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 6:02:43 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

78.2% Latin.

10.5% Vietnamese.

9.2% or White. The rest mixed.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 6:13:42 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

That 9.2% White figure is all law enforcement.


22 posted on 07/24/2014 7:22:48 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: BenLurkin

One word - noose.


23 posted on 07/24/2014 7:24:14 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: The KG9 Kid

police, fire and medical


24 posted on 07/24/2014 7:28:55 PM PDT by equalator
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

90% minority?


25 posted on 07/24/2014 8:47:41 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I think you mean ILLEGAL ALIEN from SOUTH OF THE BOARDER don’t you?
I didn’t live in Santa Ana but did a lot of business down there; was a Downey resident for over 30 years, fortunate enough to escape that So Cal crap hole 4 years ago.


26 posted on 07/24/2014 9:35:11 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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