Kim Pham Trial, Day Seven: Brito Takes Stand, Defense Rests

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Brito and Zavala enter the courtroom before opening statements

The defense in the Kim Pham trial rested today after testimony by Candace Brito, one of the two defendants in the murder case and the only witness to take the stand today. Closing arguments will be made tomorrow. The jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Defense attorney Michael Molfetta sought to minimize his client's prior run-ins with the law (Brito had an expunged juvenile shoplifting conviction and one misdemeanor conviction from giving the police a false name after being pulled over). Mirroring the defense of co-defendant Vanesa Zavala, he characterized Brito as a scared woman trying to defend her friends in a fight she by all accounts didn't start.

"Did you know where Vanesa was?" Molfetta asked Brito during his initial questioning.

"No," she answered.

"Did you know where Emilia was?"

"No."

"Did you know where Mike was?"

"No."

"Did you know where A.J. was?"

"No," Brito said. "I was just worried about my friends because I just saw a bunch of men around them. I was worried about what was going on. . . . I was scared. I just felt like we were alone."

During questioning, Brito acknowledged she kicked at Kim Pham, but, she said, she never kicked at Pham's head.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino followed the same script in cross-examining Brito as he did with co-defendant Vanesa Zavala, though without as many theatrics. He spent the bulk of his time highlighting discrepancies between Brito's testimony and her interviews with police, including how during testimony she said she was a victim of assault, but during her interview with the police, she did not once mention it.

"You, the victim of an assault, stopped the conversation [with the police]?" Pino asked.

He eventually played a recording of an interview between the Santa Ana Police Department and Brito that took place in Brito's driveway soon after the fight. During the recording, Brito seems defensive, insisting that while she was at the Crosby the night of the alleged murder, she was not involved in anything and could not have appeared in video of the fight.

On redirect examination, Zavala's attorney, Kenneth Reed, stressed the time frame in which the events happened, much as he did in his defense of his client, and gave a plausible reasoning as to why Brito might lie to the police (she wanted to speak to her attorney).

After Brito left the stand, Molfetta declined to call any other witnesses, and the defense rested its case.

The jury will be back in court for instructions tomorrow morning.

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Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

The girl attacked them first than she got her ass wooped maybe they went to far but it sure as hell sounds like self defense to me

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

Watch out Angel the assholes will try and act on your post..

DiAnna Cas
DiAnna Cas

It's up to the jury. Asian, Mexican it doesn't matter. A Life was lost. Someone's daughter, sister, wife... Both groups of people obviously made poor decisions/comments that night and now someone has to face justice. That's the unfortunate conclusion to people not walking away. Excuse me goes a long way.

Phsyko Dolly
Phsyko Dolly

Why everyone hating on the mexicans? Haven't y'all read the story. Have y'all been at the court hearing all the evidence. Thought not. \U0001f609

Marissa Caigoy Banzon
Marissa Caigoy Banzon

Anyone that is of any part of a murder should be hanged just like back in the days!

Danny Torres
Danny Torres

You have good points but English isn't racial and that guy was calling everyone "nip bitch" earlier so that's why everyone called him out. He brought up the race card and deleted his comments by the time you got there.

Jasmine Park
Jasmine Park

What poor life decisions? Kim, a newlywed, graduated from Chapman University would have celebrated her first wedding anniversary a month after she passed away. She was an aspiring writer...

sexybackdoc2014
sexybackdoc2014

Brito's  sleaze ball attorney tried to make her out as a scared women...does a scared woman leave and return to the line Pham is standing in 3 times...each time baiting and agitating Pham into a fight ?...  also as Brito was leaving and Pham was Unconscious and dying in the streets of Santa Ana, Brito arrogantly said That's what you're homie gets... to Pham's friends trying to help her...doesn't sound like she's scared at all..........Zavala and Brito did alot of Lying in court,But Pham's Lawyer impeached their testimony .....These woman are guilty and deserve a long Prison Sentence......Vanesa and Candace, Turn Out the Lights the Party's over 

Grisell Rubio
Grisell Rubio

lol asian chick said learn english people r so quick to make shit racial ... morral of this story is dont grow balls if u know u cant back ur shit up the bitch got dropped for a reason thats my point of view like it or not idgaf

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

Im not saying anybody deserves to die but if you live the life than stuff happens is the life you choose

Kimberly Duran
Kimberly Duran

I agree with you in a sense we dont really know what happened. Its not out of the ordinary innocent people getting pinned for the crime for all we know it could have been self defense. I'm not saying Kim deserved to die no not at all but who are we to forsake these girls if we don't know what really happened. Tons of people are locked up daily and are innocent

Kimberly Duran
Kimberly Duran

I feel bad for these people. 25 and I'm that situation, I'm sure they have no recollection of what really happened being there that night. I wasn't there so who knows whose fault it really was or of it was self defense , regardless no one should have died that night.

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

All of you are mad for no reason i hope these girls go free ...

robincook
robincook

Still very interesting. When the jury makes  their ruling do you think there will be riots in the streets?


something to think about, five character witnesses and no defense witnesses for the two women on trial.


Where the heck are the 3 friends who were with them?

Val Espinoza
Val Espinoza

Hahaha instead of lookin smart ...you look dumb by putting someone down calling names...grow up

barracuda289
barracuda289

Does anybody know why Amilia did not take the stand?  It seems she would have had the best perspective of what really happened.  Or maybe the defense did not want to put her on the stand.  Without her testimony I am a bit suspicious that Zavala and Brito are guilty.

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

Nobody said u have to like my opinion .simply ignore it i don't want you to think like me .

Marlena Serpico Carrillo
Marlena Serpico Carrillo

If these women are related to Angela we all know where they get it from, vile and uncalled for remarks help nothing...

Jasmine Park
Jasmine Park

\U0001f44f Keep calm and learn English. May God help heal all the families affected by this tragedy, especially the kids of the defendants.

Obsidian555
Obsidian555

They kicked her in the head but won't admit. My gut says they won't be be found guilty of 1st degree based on the interpretation of the law. Did the prosecution prove the guilt beyond a shadow of doubt, sadly no. Is it possible to get the court transcripts. Would be interesting to read full testimonies not just little info we get from the articles. Also, their friend Emilia seems like a total scum. Why didn't she testify on behalf of her friends.

Kyle Fordham
Kyle Fordham

Ah yes, start calling people bitch and slut. Excellent way to build your credibility. Not that it matters. Its in the jury's hands and all we can do is speculate.

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

I didn't know u where a legal expert bitch plus the bitch looked for it if it was my sister that one that looked for it than it would had been her fault plus she shes a asian slut from asian boys those pieces of shit always get in trouble so fuk u n ur opinion

Jasmine Park
Jasmine Park

You read a few articles so now you're a legal expert? Don't be ignorant. If that was your wife, your sister, your daughter, your friend who died would you say oh it's cool "it wasn't murder more like manslaughter but not murder even self defense" ...

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

I dont understand why some of the commenters have such a hard time figuring out whether or not these girls are guilty. These girls were seen kicking an 85 pound girl in the head. There are plenty of witnesses and video footage that are being used. Those amigos that those girls were with...the ones that ran off....they ratted out Zavala and Brito. 


I dont understand how you guys think these girls are not guilty. They are guilty, they did the crime and they will do the time. The only issue is how much time....I believe that this is a classic case of manslaughter...not 1st degree murder.


It bothers me that so many Mexicans are calling them innocent. They aren't innocent. These same Mexicans would not be defending these girls if these girls were white, btw. And it is a known fact that many Mexicans hate Vietnamese people. That is why you see a lot of Mexicans blaming the victim for "causing her own death." I suppose she caused her own death the way that baseball fan caused his own death at the dodgers stadium. 

Perry Larmer
Perry Larmer

And to think pigs get away with this kind of crap daily.

urthedumbestputa
urthedumbestputa

 shrek lookin ass puta.... I pray that you never have to deal with this shit with your own kids. "Moral" (1 "R" u stupid bitch) of this story is.... not only "Learn English", but go ahead and "KILL" somebody over some stupid ass shit. You don't give a fuck? Someone died over bullshit. AND TO EVERYONE THAT SAYS ITS OK TO DIE BECAUSE YOU'RE THUGLIFE.......... I feel sorry for all yall..... There's more to life than mi vida loca. And you wonder why you're in a dead end path to nowhere. Tu vida Chocha.... kill someone while they're laying down. shrek lookin ass bitch

urthedumbestputa
urthedumbestputa

shrek lookin ass puta.... I pray that you never have to deal with this shit with your own kids. "Moral" (1 "R" u stupid bitch) of this story is.... not only "Learn English", but go ahead and "KILL" somebody over some stupid ass shit. You don't give a fuck? Someone died over bullshit. AND TO EVERYONE THAT SAYS ITS OK TO DIE BECAUSE YOU'RE THUGLIFE.......... I feel sorry for all yall..... There's more to life than mi vida loca. And you wonder why you're in a dead end path to nowhere. Tu vida Chocha.... kill someone while they're laying down. shrek lookin ass bitch

urthedumbestputa
urthedumbestputa

 shrek lookin ass puta.... I pray that you never have to deal with this shit with your own kids. "Moral" (1 "R" u stupid bitch) of this story is.... not only "Learn English", but go ahead and "KILL" somebody over some stupid ass shit. You don't give a fuck? Someone died over bullshit. AND TO EVERYONE THAT SAYS ITS OK TO DIE BECAUSE YOU'RE THUGLIFE.......... I feel sorry for all yall..... There's more to life than mi vida loca. And you wonder why you're in a dead end path to nowhere. Tu vida Chocha.... kill someone while they're laying down. shrek lookin ass bitch

urthedumbestputa
urthedumbestputa

I laugh at your stupidity. I pray that you don't experience this shit with your children because their mom is a fucking puta. typical "sad girl" shit

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@robincook ugh....i won't be able to handle another mexican riot....I live in anaheim and i had enough of these stupid riots

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@Obsidian555 too many witnesses and videos- there are testimony they aren't releasing to the public. They kicked the girl- that is without a doubt. However, prosecution will have a hard time proving intent, which will knock it down from murder to manslaughter. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@jillianbabe Not a mexican. Agree that it's manslaughter. Mind telling everyone your race since you keep bringing that up. You're no better than the mexican trash that goes on about this race crap.

hunab3425
hunab3425

Yet u fail to mention that asians especially these vietcong gangster homies of pham also hate mexicans and that is why pham threw the first punch just cuz a Mexican lady accidentally bumped into her.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@jillianbabe @Obsidian555 I think the trial is public. You can't seem to form a correct sentence so I assume you don't have a job. You can go to the courthouse and watch the trial for yourself just as the author of this article did.

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@vegandawg23 @jillianbabe i am a filipino; people describe our race to be somewhere in between Latin and asian lol!. There is nothing wrong with looking into culture and race for answers. I do believe that culture and race has a lot to do in this case; for example, those 2 girls are Mexicans who grew up in orange county. Orange County Mexicans have a huge gang culture problem especially in Santa Ana. This gang culture pervades Santa Ana especially. Those 2 girl's decision to kick Pham to death(gang style) had a lot to do with their culture; most girls who grew up in higher socioeconomic situations most likely won't be involved in gang style attacks like this one.


I do blame the current, gang style culture that pervades Orange County Mexicans. And once you guys understand that it is a huge part of culture and class, than hopefully you guys can confront it and better yourself as a race. Until then, highest high school drop out rates goes to Mexicans, highest prison demographic goes to the mexicans. Ignoring these stats is the wrong way to go.  

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@hunab3425 ummm- have you noticed what makes up the majority of the local prisons, county jails in the OC. It is not the asians, btw. It nearly half filled with mexican gangsters. Asian people make up less than 5% of prison/jail facility. Get your facts straight. 

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@vegandawg23 @jillianbabe @Obsidian555 just because i don't feel like editing my sentences doesn't mean you need to insult a complete stranger on the internet, you pathetic person. this trial isn't over yet, and there is a lot more that the prosecution will provide. 


trust me, i have way more wealth than you will ever be able to see in your lifetime. I assume you just troll and insult others on the internet to make yourself feel better about your pathetic life? enjoying being sad and jacking off to cheap porn on the internet while i go to the bahamas next week- idiot. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@jillianbabe I'm not mexican. Mixed asian. Don't even like mexicans that much besides the food, culture and women (illegals need to go home). I think you're letting your ethnicity cloud your view of the situation. You are taking sides in this like it's a stupid football game between the asians and the mexicans (you're not the only one, latinos do this all the time but let's not stoop to their level). Gang culture is a small minority of mexicans. Plenty of them are leftist hipster types like Gustavo. Plenty just want to live a normal middle class life and don't like gang members anymore than anyone else. 

Any evidence come out that these mexican girls were gang members? They took it too far and might pay with their freedom for doing it but make no mistake that the blame lies with Kim Pham and her anger issues. I assume by your responses to legitimate arguments that you have similar attitude problems and feel that getting thrown to the ground and kicked in the head is not warranted when you decide to go crazy and attack someone (anyone deny this is what happened).  I feel sorry for your boyfriend actually. He's probably the one paying for your Bahamas trip and has to put up with your attitude in person. Keep in mind that if Kim Pham had a handle on herself and her emotions, she'd still be alive today and these women would be home and having more kids likely. You need to drop your whole filipino nonsense and learn to think and act as an individual.

hunab3425
hunab3425

One more thing. Of those supposedly 5% asians in the jails ill bet u a suchi roll that the majority are Indonesian like VIETNAMESE OR THAI OR CAMBODIAN OR SPANISH ASIANS LIKE THE PILIPINOS

hunab3425
hunab3425

Thats your subjective racist rant opinion.

obviously if the majority of California is latino then ofcourse the majority in the jails will be latino.

thats the reason that asian criminals here are put in protective cells to keep them from being annihilated by mexicans.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@jillianbabe @vegandawg23 @Obsidian555 
Do you have a job or not? "there are testimony they aren't releasing to the public." were your words. Implying that there was secret testimony not available to the public. I was refuting that. I apologize for insulting you. I don't doubt they kicked the girl either. I won't be surprised or outraged no matter what the verdict. Fight that got out of control and went to far but make no mistake who started the fight. Sad situation all around though.

jillianbabe
jillianbabe

@hunab3425 you sound like an educated fool. If you did a google search, Mexicans make up 56% of the prison population and they account for 34% of the California population.


I made a mistake on my end- 6% of the prison population is all other groups(indian, middle eastern, asian...etc) so asians account for less than 1% of the prison population. I am not too sure if it is comprised of the Eastern Asians you are talking about.


And bringing up statistics is not racist. It is racist when one makes ups random facts- such as you, hunab. 


If you are a mexican, hopefully you don't fall into these numbers and become another statistics. Good luck in life. 



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