Kim Pham Trial, Day Five: Prosecution Winds Down as Pham's Friends Finish Testimony

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Photo by Ed Carrasco
Pham's friends and family at a vigil after the beating that left her brain dead (Note: the Vietnamese mourning color is white)

The Orange County District Attorney's case against Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala for the murder of Kim Pham is expected to end as early as today, as the glut of Pham's personal friends have now finished their testimony. In total, the prosecution called over a dozen witnesses, including first responders, Santa Ana police, Pham's doctors, bouncers, Crosby patrons, and the six other people Pham was with at the Crosby that night.

Pham's friends--Dorothy Vantich, Jacqueline Dinh, Binh Dinh (Pham's ex-boyfriend), Dylan Doan (Pham's roommate), Vincent Hoang, and James Hoang--have offered most of the testimony over the past two days, and at Deputy DA Troy Pino's direction, their lines of questioning have been similar.

The early 20-somethings (wearing what could reasonably pass as slightly classy clubbing attire) described what they remember about that night (They pre-partied at Pham/Doan's house in Huntington Beach before coming to Santa Ana), viewed videos, described where they were in those videos (everywhere), what they were doing (shoving and pulling people away), and what they saw in those videos (things that could be kicks and punches from both sides).

The clearest accounts come from two of Pham's male friends: Binh Dinh and designated driver Vincent Hoang.

Dinh took the stand first, and calmly recounted the events of the night--getting to the Crosby, waiting in line, the verbal argument, and the fight. Dinh was also the closest to the fight. In videos, he can be seen standing over Pham and an unidentified woman, attempting to separate them. As he described the events of the actual fight, his voice and confident pace began to slow, momentarily seeming to waver.

However, during cross-examination, Kenneth Reed focused on parts of his testimony that apparently changed between his police interviews and his interview with the DA on July 11, two days after the trial opened. During the interview with the DA, Dinh said that though he was attempting to protect Pham, he was never hit or kicked, specifically saying that "they were kicking Pham." That was different from what Dinh told the police the night of the attack, when he told SAPD, "I didn't see anyone do it. I didn't see a punch or anything that knocked her out."

Dinh clarified that he was speaking about the videos when talking to the DA four days ago.

Hoang, the designated driver for the night took the stand later in the day. He had by far the clearest memory of the night, recounting details nearly immediately, including one that had thus been unreported: One of the men in Zavala and Brito's group had tried to separate the women before any fighting began. He also testified that he saw a kick from Brito hit Pham in the head.

With Pham's friends finished, Pino's remaining key witnesses include two brothers who were at the Crosby the night of the incident: Jason and Brian Loyola. Both have been in the court house for the past two days, and were scheduled to testify earlier but have been put on hold until the court decides whether the prosecution will be allowed to ask the brothers about a video they say they saw.

More about that in a few hours.

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Khmer Guy
Khmer Guy

Actually, Mexico sold it to the u.s after the defeat in the American and Mexico war. Stealing and selling have different meaning.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Look not a fan of the Viets or Mexicans much (good food, nice women and all but I don't walk into a room full of either group and go "Great! mexicans!/viets!") and i'm ethnically Asian so no point in racism or "leftist" remarks as anyone who's read any of my comments on here know i'm far from that. But imagine this. You're walking along with a couple of friends in downtown Fullerton and some bros with flat brim hats and tattoos are taking selfies and looking at them and blocking the sidewalk. You need to get where you're going and don't have time for a bunch of nonsense and then one of them gets in your face and starts getting aggressive. Say he's a short guy and has a bit of a Napoleon complex and that explains the tattoos. You get separated and the guy breaks free and starts a fight with you again and gets knocked on the ground. So you give him a couple of kicks in the heat of the moment as he's attacking you and you need to stop the threat. Guy happens to die from the kicks. Did he deserve it? Well, no not really. But it doesn't change the fact that he was instigating the fight and you were only defending yourself and stopping a threat. I haven't heard any testimony nor seen the videos the jury saw but from what i've read it was manslaughter at worse and possibly self-defense.

Danny Le
Danny Le

Ive seen ppl convicted for less evidence..these 2 wastes of a human being deserve to get LWOP due to their actions.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

the racist garbage who killed her are being given a break by the leftist bullies who wouldnt 


hesitate for a second if it was white people harming non whites, to call it a hate crime




Danny Herrera
Danny Herrera

Adam Hammett ignorants like you are a plague bitch you took this land from Mexico fag hope you try to swallow that dogg you got there and it gets stuck in your throat asshole

robincook
robincook

The most damming testimony will come from the two men and other woman of the group who weren’t charged tells what happened.

Wilmer C Cipriano
Wilmer C Cipriano

@ Rudy Puerto Rico is part of the U.S therefore it makes them U.S citizens.

Adam Hammett
Adam Hammett

Wetbacks are a plague on this country, lock these pigs up!!!

Adam Hammett
Adam Hammett

They probably are, if not them, their parents

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

Mexicans are filthy animals... I would call them stupid monkeys but that would be insulting the monkeys

Rudy P Magaña
Rudy P Magaña

You sir are an idiot! They aren't even Mexican they are Puerto Rican. Obviously both parties involved in this problem were immigrants at one point or another. It has nothing to do with race or immigration Had either side been smart enough to just walk away when it started Kim would be alive and the other ladies wouldn't be in jail.

Ashley Maria
Ashley Maria

Overall this is a sad case...even though it wasn't the girls attention to have Kim die it happened and they are 100% responsible for their actions so they should be 100% responsible for the consequences of their actions

Jeff Keller
Jeff Keller

Wow, for an Asian, you sound really dumb.

Sandra Castellon
Sandra Castellon

Khmer is trying to start a fight with ignorant comments. Don't give in people. Probably created the account just to say that. Sad.

Rosie Gonzalez
Rosie Gonzalez

Hmm u look pretty Asian to me...didn't u guys migrate to America too?

Naomi M. Anderson
Naomi M. Anderson

A young life taken so violently and merciless should not be in vain. We should see that there is more security and or patrolling of areas that are "alive" with young people, late in the evenings, to prevent such crimes from occurring again.

Naomi M. Anderson
Naomi M. Anderson

Sorry, but the mere fact that you don't know how to write English, makes me suspect that you're not a citizen yourself. And, you should validate your slanderous comments with stats! Try it!

Khmer Guy
Khmer Guy

The more illegal Mexicans here, the more violences against innocent citizens in this country.

Richard Cendejas
Richard Cendejas

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit. Honestly, there isn't good evidence connecting the two to her death.

processlife
processlife

cant believe how much of cowards these Viets are..especially the Dinh fellow...  and what's up with the preppy White first names?   your viet parents didn't name you all that!!!    lol

winteralfs
winteralfs

@vegandawg23 

The problem with your example is its not exactly accurate. The more accurate scenario would be, the short guy gets in your face after you walked by him and bump into him.  You continue to push by him roughly, and you yell back. He swings at you and you get hit. You and he tussle and go to the ground, wrestling and punching. While you are tangled up, your two friends come over and join in and start kicking him. Then you keep punching him and hes helpless and then your other two friends continue to kick him while the three of you overwhelm him, and hes no longer fighting back. His friends are now screaming at you to stop, the fight is over.  Then after your two friends have kicked him multiple times in the head, one of your buddies kicks him one more time in the head and he goes limp and lifeless. There is chaos all around you with multiple people pushing and yelling at each other.  You get up in a panic and take off down the street running.  He is now brain dead on the curb.


Your two friends end up arrested and charged with second degree murder.

Eman64
Eman64

Second degree murder (which is what the defendants are charged with) does not qualify for LWOP... just sayin'.

SANTAANAISTHIRDWORLD
SANTAANAISTHIRDWORLD

lol.. brave talk from someone who probably stands outside the home depot begging jobs from the white man... do you say yes massa when they ask you to put the crap from their toilet???

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

"took this land from mexico"


hmmmm


so you will give up ALL YOU HAVE to make up for it!!


say when




also,,



you are prepared to go through history and FORCE EVERY AFRICAN TRIBE THAT "TOOK" FROM OTHERS


again, say when you will do so

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

we are taking over muhaha!

on a serious note, you need help, keyboard warrior.

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

shut up spic... don't talk about your betters that way

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

Asians did it the right way.. they didn't sneak in like the spics

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

i heard some person from Afghanistan say that about white people the other day on tv

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@processlife 

I think you were just chomping at the bit to spew some rude garbage about the Vietnamese, weren't you? You suck.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

The jails, yes.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@meheecan-cris-doner


and will it become a better more educated place or just the fact that your insecurities demand that all or most look like you  be enough


you know , like the dem led kkk is about

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

rule number one: i am always correct.

rule number two: look at rule number one.

rule number three: your hill billy cousin is pregnant by you, ha!

rule number four: white people take first place in the nation for child molestation.

Eman64
Eman64

@dubyadawg @Eman64 @processlife  Yes, your remarks are prejudice.  And you might be the racist one, but I am not.  I understand your original comment...I don't need to look it up.  But my point is that your comment is way off topic - stick to the topic!  What does the commentators name have to do with the article?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@meheecan-cris-doner


I appreciate the surrender 


but your now aware that you cant make your statement anymore w/o knowledge that you are not 


bettering the community / the country 


and if that pleases you then you and your kind are everything the jerks say you are


and if you dont like it,,,, then stop supporting wrong


and do what is right to better the place


"conservative"?


well, you believe me to be correct


you also believe me to be a conservative


and you are saying you are the opposite 


is that the way you really want to go through life!!?!?



dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

I'm absolutely shocked you could count that high, seriously.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Never mind. You missed my point.

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

you must have a lot of time. get a life, or go protest in Washington about the second amendment or abortion... whatever you crazy conservatives/neanderthals are so pissed off at. instead of being a keyboard warrior.

Eman64
Eman64

@dubyadawg  You're right - I did miss your point.  Care to elaborate?

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

No, I'm tired and I'm running out of ink. In short-I did not call you a racist. Call me a racist if you like, but this open border shit is ridiculous. Letting in the criminals, the animals, the drug runners and the baby factories needs to stop. Fix your own country, we don't want to support your lame asses. Off topic but it's all related. Whoops...ink is out...

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

they don't lie when they say people can come out a little retarded when hillbillys have sex, ha!

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