Two Women Convicted in Santa Ana Nightclub Beating Death

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    Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal beating a 23-year-old woman outside a nightclub. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

    Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, were also found guilty of assault with force to produce great bodily injury in Annie Hung "Kim" Pham's fatal beating, but were acquitted of felony second-degree murder.

    They each face up to 11 years in prison.

    The two are accused of killing Pham by kicking her in the head as she was on the ground fighting their friend outside the Crosby Restaurant and Nightclub on Jan. 19, officials said.

    Friends of Pham told police that three women attacked her without provocation after the two groups bumped into each other outside the nightclub. Another witness said Pham instigated the fight by shouting obscenities and throwing the first punch after she and her friends bumped into another group exiting the bar.

    Portions of the attack were captured on cellphone video as the victim's friends and a security guard unsuccessfully attempted to intervene, officials said.

    Pham was hospitalized after the attack and taken off life support Jan. 21.