Kim Pham’s death caught on video is being blamed on the victim by the alleged killers after police caught up with several suspects claimed to be involved in the nightclub beating.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, some reports claim Kim Pham’s photobomb of one of the suspects is said to have triggered the fight. The social media star reportedly messed up the kodak moment of Vanesa Zavala and her girlfriends, which started a verbal argument and ended in the California nightclub death.
While Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala have been arrested and are being held on a $1 million bond, they both claim they’re not guilty and other witnesses corroborate parts of their claims. To make matters worse, Kim Pham’s friends are apparently avoiding police and thus no one knows their side of the story.
Defense attorney Michael Molfetta says Kim Pham punched first and this alleged fact should make a difference in the case:
“It was a melee. It was very, very, very explosive. And it’s unfortunate somebody died as a result of it. [Kim Pham] certainly didn’t deserve it, but she certainly did her part in instigating it.”
The prosecution points out how many people did nothing but record the nightclub beating with their smartphones. But about 15 others, including club security, Pham’s friends, and bystanders tried to help stop it. Prosecutor Troy Pino says there’s no question in his mind that once the victim was on the ground Pham “was then vulnerable, and any assault at that point was unjustified.”
According to one bystander who called himself only “Jason,” Kim Pham did indeed start the fight but after she was knocked to the ground a third woman entered the fight and kicked her straight in the head:
“One kick and she was out cold. No one touched her after that.”
If the eyewitness is correct this kick may have been the killing blow. While at first the third suspect couldn’t be identified, the Santa Ana Police Department says have had some success:
“At this point in the investigation, detectives have identified all the parties involved, including the third woman who remains a person of interest. Detectives are working with the person of interest to set up an interview.”
Whether or not this interview will lead to an arrest is not known at this point, nor has the suspect’s name been released pending the investigation. Regardless of the role of the third woman, Brito and Zavala will be tried for murder together in court. Although the hearing was postponed, Mr. Molfetta had some strong words to say about the role of Kim Pham in her death:
“Ms. Pham has been anointed a saint and the people on the other side — specifically, my client and Mr. Reed’s client — have been vilified internationally…. I’m just saying Candace Brito didn’t kill her [Pham], that’s all I’m saying.”
The prosecution says the Kim Pham video of her death will be instrumental in proving guilt but the defense lawyers claim they won’t get far with it. What do you think?