Kim Pham Trial, Day Six: Vanesa Zavala Takes Stand, Gets Kicked Into Submission by DA

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Zavala during opening statements

Twenty-five-year-old Vanesa Zavala took the stand in her own defense yesterday afternoon after witnessing six days of testimony against her. The accused mother, who has thus far been fairly muted in court, spoke softly but firmly while being questioned by her defense attorney, Kenneth Reed.

Reed initially had her describe what she remembered about that night--who got pushed (herself and Candace Brito), where her friends were during the fight (she doesn't know), who started the fight (Pham punched her in the face)--before addressing the kicks she threw in the videos.

She said that she wasn't trying to kick Pham. Rather, she was trying to kick Binh Dinh, Pham's ex-boyfriend, whom she says was rushing herself and a woman police only know as Emilia.

"He was a threat to me," she said, adding she didn't know if her kicks connected with anything.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino immediately attacked the perceived holes in Zavala's story on cross-examination.

First was the her claim that she intended to kick Dinh instead of Pham. In interviews with the police, she never mentioned Dinh.

"You didn't see fit to tell [police] that you . . . kick[ed] at someone else?" Pino asked three times, the first two drawing objections from Michael Molfetta, Candace Brito's defense attorney; both objections were overruled.

As Pino's questioning continued, Zavala's answers became softer, nearing the point of inaudibility. Pino had Zavala watch a video with him, identifying herself and following herself as she possibly pulled Pham's hair from behind, threw her to the ground using her hair, and seem to prepare to kick Pham.

Zavala appeared to begin to kick Pham before Dinh was near either of them.

"You started to kick before Binh Dinh got there, didn't you?" Pino asked.

As his questioning continued, both Pham's family and Zavala began to cry.

"Were you mad?" he asked.

"I was confused," she replied through tears. "Everything happened so fast."

A short time later, she repeated three times "I didn't kick her."

"You went out that night, right?" Pino asked.

"Yes," Zavala replied quietly.

"You didn't want trouble, but you got in a fight, right?"

"Yes," Zavala replied even quieter.

"The person you got in a fight with died, right?"

"Yes," Zavala barely said.

Molfetta attempted to salvage the defense, successfully calming Zavala. She continued to cry, blinking away tears fervently, but managed to answer his questions.



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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. 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

racism 


pure and simple aided by the governments cry of:


this had nothing to do with race



they will get light to no sentencing


they are guilty but will be allowed to walk


for the most part

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

Kent thanks for the pic will see you someday soon in our home in HB..

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

Kent asshole, You should watch your grammar to and i can say what i want and i live in HB to dickhead.. Were you there kent when that girl died, NO so shut the fuck up..you don't know what happen.. so the ignorance is you and my boyfriend who an officer here in AZ who was an officer in HB even say your an ass... I'll see you around HB soon..

Kent Harrison
Kent Harrison

Susan Garcia learn how to use correct grammar. That's really a mature answer for someone of your age to say. Stay in AZ. Your ignorance is not wanted in Orange County. Would you be saying Zavala is innocent if that was your daughter she kicked to death? think again beaner.

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

The two girls CAN FUCKING BURN.

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Troy, just because it was incited with a comment doesn't mean she's excused from murder.

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Death penalty.

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

I think your the bitch, if i was attack like her i would have done the same by defending myself and in the first place asshole where you there at the club

Khmer Guy
Khmer Guy

This is why we shouldn't let illegal Mexicans coming to this county. All they do is causing violences.

Kent Harrison
Kent Harrison

I'm assuming you're related to her by your comments. Bitch is guilty. Susan Garcia

JustAnObserver
JustAnObserver

Just a thought...wasn't the victim petite?  Sadly, is it possible she died from hitting her head on concrete?  Just saying...

davidmiller
davidmiller

@Yvette, you have a better chance of teaching a monkey than teaching these dumb beaner how to be polite.

davidmiller
davidmiller

You have better chance of teaching a monkey than a dumb beaner how to be polite.

Kent Harrison
Kent Harrison

Susan Garcia such an angry beaner....typical.

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

So right Troy, if the other person started it zavala needed to defend herself.. fuck everyone else they weren't there .

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

If you dumbass people were not there keep your big ass comments to your fucking self..

Kent Harrison
Kent Harrison

Susan Garcia and you need to learn how to spell correctly.

Yvette Arredondo
Yvette Arredondo

We all need to learn from this, because there are two lessons here: Bumping in to someone you say, "excuse me or I"m sorry", the other is when someone bumps into you by accident, let it go. All involved here didn't let anything go and if one of them just let the situation go they all be at home with their families.

davidmiller
davidmiller

stupid ass beaner.....throw her ass in jail and throw away the key, die you stupid beaner

Pe Eme Ve
Pe Eme Ve

Khmer Guy deported back to Mexico?? Is she even Mexican??

Troy Lambert
Troy Lambert

@val, neither would I. But where is the proof she stomped her head? Everybody got video but none of them show the infamous kick or kicks. How do we know she didn't die from the fall in the struggle? Either way, doesn't matter what any of us think or say. The shit will play itself out.

Jeff Rey
Jeff Rey

due process and jurisprudence must run their course but i'm hoping the verdict is in fact guilty as charged.

Khoa Phan
Khoa Phan

You are an idiot Troy... What if this incident happen to one of your family members or friend? Are those murderers still innocent...think twice before you answer this.. Cuz you never know

Khmer Guy
Khmer Guy

Deported her back to Mexico!!!

Val Espinoza
Val Espinoza

I wouldn't stomp someone's head who's way smaller then me...I was raised better then that

Louie Verino
Louie Verino

Pray for all families involved justice will win

deelightful86
deelightful86

lol, is this some kind of threat/warning? if your boyfriend is an officer, i'm sure this will swing well with someone who's supposed to uphold the law. 


deelightful86
deelightful86

You should watch your grammar too*. I can say what I want and I live in HB too*, dickhead. Where you there, Kent, when that girl died?** (run on sentence = bad). No, so shut the fuck up, you don't know what happened* (past tense). I would attempt to correct your last sentence, but I don't even understand it. A person cannot be "ignorance," but they can be "ignorant," which has clearly been demonstrated by your maturity and intelligence. My boyfriend, who is an* officer here in AZ, was also an officer in HB says you're** an ass. As Mark Twain would say, "

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

deelightful86
deelightful86

you're* and were* (not "your the bitch" and "where you there"). Self-defense is fine, but beating someone to a pulp and killing them is going past "self-defense." Once the person's on the floor, is it necessary to keep attacking? Not really. 

deelightful86
deelightful86

I'm Asian and I'm going to have to disagree with this. People need to stop making it a race thing. When I see the news, I have seen every single race on it. I think it is pretty clear that Kim instigated the situation because they bumped into each other. Even her friends that testified didn't give any contradicting reason as to why the fight started. Do you think she would have reacted differently if it was a girl of a different race? If she bumped into another Vietnamese girl, do you think she would have just said, "oops, excuse me, sorry?" If Kim was Hispanic and bumped into those girls, do you think they would have reacted differently? "Oh hey, Latino sista, it's all good!" Of course not, they were all under the influence and we all know what a little liquid encouragement can do. These girls, who do NOT need to be identified by race because they do not represent their race as a whole, are guilty of elevating this fight. In my opinion, they probably didn't think the victim, Kim, would die; they probably thought it was just another bar brawl. I don't think anyone expected it to have the outcome that it did.  

ililnb1503
ililnb1503

When white ppl or any other race act like their kind never act violent or committed a murder.... Pathetic!!!

jillbabe
jillbabe

@JustAnObserver no- it has already been confirmed that it was blunt force trauma to the head. Observers have stated she was still alive when she fell on the concrete- one kick to the head was what caused her death. 

centrifuge909
centrifuge909

Innocent of what?! Didn't she already admit to kicking the victim after she was down?

ililnb1503
ililnb1503

Oh your comments show how much of a better person you are. I didnt knw your race, whatever that may be, was perfect and your ppl never did anything wrong!! Wish we all could be like you.

Eman64
Eman64

@ililnb1503  Whites are also the majority of child pedophiles...but they turn their cheek the other way at those statistics..


If you notice, his grammar is horrible...makes me wonder if he's even here legally?

deelightful86
deelightful86

@jillbabe @JustAnObserver actually, blunt force trauma could also be caused by impact with the concrete. the pathologist that performed the autopsy admitted that she could not determine specifically if it was a kick/punch that caused the death, or if it was the impact of the head hitting the concrete. that's why they're making such a big deal out of asking people if they actually saw blows connecting with the head. 


ililnb1503
ililnb1503

@bphood who said I was hispanic? Its just annoying how ppl throw out rude racial comments about others like if they're so perfect!

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