A 25-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with the murder of a California woman who was beaten by a group of people while waiting in line outside a Santa Ana nightclub.
Vanesa Tapia Zavala was arrested on Monday and is accused of taking part in the Saturday morning beating that left 23-year-old Annie Hung ‘Kim’ Pham brain-dead.
Zavala, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
She was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and is due back in court January 30th for a pretrial hearing.
Zavala is a woman with only a traffic ticket on her record.
Pham was beaten about 12:20 a.m. Saturday outside the Crosby Bar and Nightclub.
She was declared brain-dead Sunday, but was kept on life support so her organs could be harvested.
She was taken off life support Tuesday and died around midday, police said.
Four other suspects – two women and two men – are still at large, police said.
Pham was waiting to get into the nightclub with friends when an argument started with another group of club-goers, escalating into a fight, according to police.
Zavala was identified through video taken by bystanders at the scene on their cell phones.
The argument that sparked the fight may have started over an accidental “photobomb,” which refers to when someone messes up a photo being taken.