Detective takes stand in hearing on Calif. nightclub beating death, describes witness account

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Candace Marie Brito, left, and co-defendant Vanesa Zavala sit in court during their preliminary hearing at the West Justice Center in Westminster, Calif. Monday Feb. 10, 2014. Brito and Zavala are facing charges in the beating death of Kim Pham in front of a Santa Ana nightclub. (AP PHOTO/LOS ANGELES TIMES, Mark Boster, Pool )

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By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A detective says a witness reported seeing two women kick Annie Pham in the head during a lethal scuffle last month outside an Orange County nightclub.

The Santa Ana investigator took the stand Monday during a hearing to determine if Vanesa Zavala and Candace Brito should stand trial. They've pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Detective Matthew Mcleod (Mik-LOWD') says a man reported watching two women crouching and fighting outside The Crosby nightclub in Santa Ana when a woman approached and kicked Pham in the face, then a fourth woman kicked her in the left temple. The man said Pham went limp and collapsed.

The 23-year-old was later removed from life support. A pathologist testified Monday that Pham had bleeding in her brain.

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