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23-year-old Kim Pham lost her life in an altercation outside a Santa Ana nightclub in January.
The story made national news after it was revealed that no one intervened to stop the fight.
The accused were found guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.
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Testimony on both sides revealed that Pham threw the first punch, escalating a verbal argument that began when a friend who was with Brito and Zavala bumped into Pham’s group.
Pham began fighting with the friend and Brito and Zavala in turn allegedly assaulted Pham.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office referred to the fight as “mutual combat.”
Brito testified Monday that she had aimed to kick Pham in the back, not the head, and was trying to defend her friend, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Witnesses who said they viewed video showing Pham being kicked in the head were barred from testifying by the judge in the case after the video could not be found, the Times reported.
A police detective testified investigators “couldn’t track down the video because they initially believed they already had it,” the Times reported.
Prosecutor Troy Pino argued that both defendants kicked Pham in the head while she was already on the ground, causing her death, the Times reported. Zavala was accused of the final blow to Pham’s head.
But a medical expert testified that it was impossible to determine if one specific blow killed Pham or if a combination of hits left her mortally injured.
Defense attorneys Michael Molfetta, who represented Brito, and Kenneth Reed, representing Zavala, said their clients were acting in self defense.
The defendants had faced 15 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.
Sentencing was set for Sept. 12.
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