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Trial to start for 2 women in death outside club

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Two women charged with murder in the beating death of a 23-year-old newlywed in a fight outside a California nightclub are set to hear prosecutors lay out their case.

Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday in the trial of 26-year-old Vanesa Zavala and 27-year-old Candace Brito.

Both women pleaded not guilty after Annie Hung Kim Pham was injured Jan. 19 outside the Orange County hotspot.

Pham never regained consciousness and was taken off life support after the brawl that was captured by several bystanders on cellphone video that will provide key evidence in the case.

Defense attorneys say Pham threw the first punch and their clients were acting in self-defense.

Pham was an aspiring writer whose work appeared in an anthology of Vietnamese-American authors.

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