Kim Pham trial: Jury finds 2 women guilty of voluntary manslaughter, assault in nightclub beating death

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Updated 3:50 p.m.: Brito, Zavala found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, assault

A jury Thursday found defendants Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala guilty on charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault and not guilty of murder in the trial for the beating death of Annie Kim Pham outside an Orange County nightclub on Jan. 18, according to the L.A. Times.

Pham, 23, died several days after the incident, after she was taken off life support.

Prosecutors allege the two women kicked Pham in the head, killing her outside The Crosby nightclub in Santa Ana.

Brito testified Monday that she aimed at Pham's back and never struck her head, the L.A. Times reported. Brito said she punched Pham, who was fighting with her friend Amelia and was then thrown to the ground.

Both women pleaded not guilty to murder and to a related count of assault, according to the Associated Press.

 — KPCC's Jessica Hamlin

11:34 a.m.: Jury gets case in Orange County nightclub death

An Orange County jury has begun deliberations as they decide whether two women are guilty of murder in the beating death of another woman outside a nightclub.

The jury got the case of the killing of 23-year-old Annie Kim Pham Wednesday afternoon and they'll continue deliberating Thursday.

Prosecutors in closing arguments said cellphone video and witness accounts prove Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala kicked the victim in the head during a fight outside the Santa Ana club in January.

Brito's attorney said prosecutors didn't prove what part of the chaotic fight killed Pham, and said she acted in fear and defense of a friend.

Jurors will consider second-degree murder or a lesser offense such as voluntary manslaughter.

Pham died after being taken off life support several days after the attack.

 — AP

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