SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County jury has convicted two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala were found guilty Thursday of voluntary manslaughter and assault for the January attack — rather than the more serious charge of second-degree murder.

Each faces up to 11 years in prison.

Prosecutors say they 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.



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