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Kim Pham death: Candace Brito, Vanesa Zavala to be tried for Santa Ana murder

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A judge ruled Feb. 11, 2014 that Candace Brito, 27, and Vanesa Zavala, 25, can be tried for murder in connection to the beating death of Kim Pham, 23, which took place outside a Santa Ana, Calif. nightclub last month, according to KABC 7.

Brito and Zavala have both pleaded not guilty to the murder charges they now face.

On Monday and Tuesday, portions of a cell phone video that purportedly caught the fight which resulted in Kim’s death was played for the court.

At the court proceeding, Police Det. Patricia Navarro testified that one witness to the altercation said it began with verbal argument and then took a violent turn.

She stated, “He sees the female Hispanic punch Kim approximately 10 times then they fell to the ground.”

Navarro then testified that a witness reported that Zavala joined in on the fight and tried to “get ‘her hits in.’”

When cross-examined, Navarro also admitted to pretending she was an inmate and wore a wire while conversing with Zavala for around an hour, despite the fact Zavala had already requested a lawyer, according to KABC.

Santa Ana Police Officer Gerardo Corona, who responded to the scene at The Crosby on Jan. 18, testified in court that when he arrived, Kim was “unresponsive” and “had her hands up to her mouth…”

KABC notes that testimony was also heard from forensic pathologist, Dr. Etoi Davenport, who said Kim’s brain showed “hemorrhaging and swelling,” which likely resulted from being hit in the head.

Kim graduated from Chapman University in Orange and reportedly aspired to become a writer and a talk show host.

On Jan. 21, Kim was removed from life support after being declared brain dead.



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