SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California jury has convicted two women of kicking a third woman to death during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.
Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala were found guilty Thursday of voluntary manslaughter and assault for the Jan. 18 attack. They were acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors in Orange County say Brito and Zavala kicked Annie Kim Pham in the head after she was knocked down outside The Crosby nightclub. Cellphone video captured the brawl.
The 23-year-old Pham was declared brain dead and removed from life support two days later.
At trial, defense attorneys said Pham started the fight after another group bumped into her and her friends outside the club. They argued that Pham could have died from punches or kicks she received from others.