Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito Ordered to Stand Trial for Kim Pham's Murder

See the update on page two about Judge Thomas Borris ordering Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala to stand trial for Kim Pham's murder.

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Vanesa Tapia Zavala
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 11, 7:37 A.M.: A preliminary hearing tied to the fatal beating of Kim Pham outside the Crosby nightclub in downtown Santa Ana last month came to an abrupt halt Monday when a detective testified she posed as a jail inmate, wore a wire and was planted in the cell of one of the accused killers.

Santa Ana Police Detective Patricia Navarro said she talked about the case with Vanesa Tapia Zavala, even though the second-degree-murder defendant had previously invoked her right to have an attorney. Navarro's disclosure temporarily halted the hearing in Westminster that's meant to determine whether there is enough evidence to put 25-year-old Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, 27, on trial for the beating death of 23-year-old Annie Hung "Kim" Pham.

This came on the heels of a bombshell deposition of a Santa Ana police detective who said, under sworn testimony, that Pham "was the reason for the fight."

See also:
Kim Pham Beating Death 9-1-1 Call: "There Were Guys and Girls Hitting Her"

Kim Pham Murder Update: Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala Back in Court Tuesday

According to Detective Roland Andrade, Pham was the one who bumped into the group of friends that included Brito and Zavala. After their friend sarcastically told Pham, "Excuse me," Pham started cussing them out. After cooler heads tried to prevail, the scene escalated, which led to the beating that would kill Pham and have Brito and Zavala awaiting murder charges.

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Candace Marie Brito
The momentary stop of Navarro's testimony for the prosecution caused attorneys for both sides to meet privately with the judge. After the closed-door discussion, the police detective was excused for the day and told return to court at 9 this morning.

Before the break, Navarro had testified that a witness identified only as "Patrick" said Zavala stood by, "waiting to get her hits in," while Pham was being attacked by two other assailants, according to courtroom reports by City News Service and KNBC4 News.

Patrick, who did not know Pham, told investigators he saw the women arguing with Pham before a "female Hispanic" punched Pham 10 times, Navarro testified. Pham fell to the ground, attempting to punch back, the detective added.

Navarro said Patrick picked Zavala and a third woman police want to speak with out of a photo lineup, but he did not select the image of Brito.

Three of Pham's friends told Santa Ana Police Officer Gerardo Corona, who was among the first on the scene, that a woman "bumped" into Pham outside the nightclub, sparking an argument. The woman told Pham, "Watch where you're going" before things turned physical, Corona testified.

Michael Molfetta, who represents Brito, has previously said Pham started the melee.

Pham sustained at least five blows to the head and died when the brain swelled and blood vessels burst all over her brain, testified Dr. Etoi Davenport, who performed the autopsy. Pressed by defense attorneys on the fatal blow, Davenport replied Pham could have died because of a punch or kick or by hitting her head when she fell.

See updates on page two.

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jmunoz0212
jmunoz0212

They will get five years for manslaughter, no way they get convicted of murder. There is not enough clear and convincing evidence. 

GrimJimCrowley
GrimJimCrowley

In their defence... She started it. 

No really, that's their official defense. 

Flex Michel
Flex Michel

Well, as might as well have said it....cus they sure didnt mean it, but it still happened. What do you think happens when someone gets kicked repeatedly in the head? They die of laughter, Noooooo. ay Raza, wake up demmit!! lol

Rebeka Ruiz
Rebeka Ruiz

If that was my daughter I would be devastated... but luckily I am raising my child to be prepared for the type of human beings that exist in this world like the ones that murdered Ms. Pham.

hypsenatalie
hypsenatalie

for every choice made their is a consequence to bare, whether good or bad, these people made a conscious choice to beat this girl to death therefore they should find the same balls they used that night to face the consequences.....I mean seriously 2 against 1....the 1 was drunk....didn't they at any point think to themselves "hmmmm this really isn't a fair fight" or "she's down let's stop"? because seriously how much of a threat could she have been when she was on the floor?????

vivamehico
vivamehico

poor mexicans... the world is laughing at their ignorance and yet they are too stupid to realize that their agrarian "macho" culture is anathema in a modern society.. must suck to be a beaner

Amanda Gonzalez
Amanda Gonzalez

You're a scumbag if you think these two bitches don't deserve to rot in jail

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

If cussing someone out in a fit of anger was an offense that warranted being beaten, kicked and stomped to death I think many of us would not be here commenting on this blog today. I certainly wouldn't be. Blaming Kim Pham for her own death is ludicrous.

jilllee
jilllee

@jmunoz0212  I really do not think these 2 girls are cold-blooded murderers. I do not think they intended to kill her. However, a life was lost due to their brutality. They physically intended to harm her, and they ended a life due to that intent. This is a close call- i am actually thinking they will probably serve 10 years each for manslaughter. 

arturoxxmatador
arturoxxmatador

"luckly I am raising my child to be prepared.." ?? you cant prepare for being jumped on by a mob.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hypsenatalie  "for every choice made their [sic] is a consequence to bare [sic]"


Like the choice you made to fail grade school English?

mandingo
mandingo

@hypsenatalie moral of teh story.. If you have bitch ass friends don't mouth off and don't drink.

mandingo
mandingo

@hypsenatalie They wern't outnumbered. Her friends left her after they instigated the fight. You obviously never been in a fight and a fight when intoxicated. You don't stop to think you idiot.

mandingo
mandingo

@FishWithoutBicycle if you didn't have the internet to hide behind no one would ever know your thoughts. In public you are a geeky lil white boy who probably beats off to mexican girls images.

taylorjaykelley
taylorjaykelley

@FishWithoutBicycle  nothing warrants for someones death, but if you throw the first punch (which pham did) then yes she is partially at fault

hypsenatalie
hypsenatalie

@mandingo @hypsenatalie  I'm from Santa ana, lived there all my life....had a troubled youth....yes I've been in plenty of fights and it was always a one on one no matter how many friends were in our group....and yeah there's always that one second when you do stop and think unless you aren't human....it's this kind of ignorant mentality that is scary as hell...no regard for another human beings life in the least bit....

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@mandingo  

I'm a geeky, white, 35 year old woman, smartass...and I like grown men. Apparently you are a friend of the accused. And crude sexual jokes, huh? Classy...

vivamehico
vivamehico

@mandingo  


lol...no one beats off to mexican girls.. hell, even prisoners in solitary would not beat off to zavala and brito.. yuck

hjalikakik
hjalikakik

She threw the first punch according to who? The defendants and their lawyer? This seems highly unlikely. At the same time, when you know a physical altercation is unavoidable, only an idiot WOULDN'T throw the first punch. Either way, this notion of "well, she threw the first punch!" is moot. She-thugs beat a girl to death and are murderers.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@taylorjaykelley  

It's not ok to kill someone for starting a fight. Even if they throw the first punch. And the scuffle should have immediately ended when Kim fell to the ground...but they kept beating and kicking her. No excuse.

vivamehico
vivamehico

@mandingo @vivamehico @FishWithoutBicycle  


im sure it does... thats why beasts like zavala and brito have kids.. dang ive seen some ugly assed mexican women with multiple children and often wondered who could get with that.. cmon mandingo, stop propagating ugly children..

mandingo
mandingo

@FishWithoutBicycle @mandingo seriouslty though you need to go home and fiddle the bean.. I often see your comments and they are very angry. A good ravaging by a latin lover will do you good. lol

mandingo
mandingo

@FishWithoutBicycle @mandingo shit happens.. Don't start nothign they're wont be nothing. Sad for all the people involved and their families.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@mandingo  

LMFAO! "Not if the world was flooded with piss and you lived in a tree". ha ha

I know one should not look for trouble...but finding it should not warrant a death sentence, either.

mandingo
mandingo

@FishWithoutBicycle @mandingo well I'm sure you are hideous other wise I would offer to give you the ravaging you obviously need. i can tell you haven't been laid in a while

mandingo
mandingo

allegedly what they did sorry

mandingo
mandingo

@FishWithoutBicycle @mandingo I actually never met them nor do i condone what they did. It takes two to tango. If you look for trouble you will find it.

unbelievable
unbelievable

@vivamehico  I don't think he goes to the library mate, unless to learn how to use his so called "Mandingo". I'm sure he doesn't work either and riding around his bicycle in Santa ana looking for something to steal to support his spicy Korean wife. This is so off topic, no need to feed the troll "Mandingo"  low life.


unbelievable
unbelievable

@mandingo @vivamehico  wow, your wife must be a very ugly low life who can't get with a good man then to go with someone call himself "Mandingo". 


You're obsession with penis tells me you have a very small one and making up by having a big tough mouth. Maybe you should "deserve" to be stomped to death like you imply with pham's case. What a sorry human being, I hope Karma happens to you and it will real soon with that attitude.


vivamehico
vivamehico

@mandingo @vivamehico  


korean? yeah im sure her parents are thrilled that she is slumming... oh well, i guess the  ugly korean girls need happiness too... que no?

vivamehico
vivamehico

@mandingo @vivamehico  


lol... nope, not angry at all... unlike you, i have a nice and beautiful wife, living in a house with a view of the ocean...while you are probably typing from the santa ana library... right ese?  hahaha

mandingo
mandingo

@vivamehico my wife is actually Korean. She couldn't take getting 4 inches of asin penis anymore. Asian women deserve to get some real dick my friend

mandingo
mandingo

@vivamehico even sadder you are a small penised asian man.. No wonder you are so angry lol

vivamehico
vivamehico

@mandingo @vivamehico  


oh sorry, i did not mean to insult your wife.. which one is it, zavala or brito? mexican men must be very manly to be able to get it up with these heifers... maybe that's why they rape their pets

vivamehico
vivamehico

@taylorjaykelley  


hey dummy, the cholas came back twice to mess with pham... if those heifers had just gone back to their bastard children, none of this would have happened

taylorjaykelley
taylorjaykelley

@hjalikakik  no according to the VIDEOS she threw the first punch. you think its ok to throw the first punch? you think she couldnt avoid the situation? there was nothing unavoidable here. she could have just walked away. no one deserves to die, especially like this, but if you get physical with someone expect to get something back. unfortunately it led to her death

taylorjaykelley
taylorjaykelley

@FishWithoutBicycle youre right, its not ok to kill someone.. period. im not defending anyone here. but IF the videos show her throwing a punch first, she is partially at fault

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