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.
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.
|Vanesa Tapia Zavala|
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."
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