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`Vampire' leader pleads guilty to robbery, murder

The self-styled leader of a vampire cult pleaded guilty Thursday to killing the parents of one of his cult members and to armed burglary and robbery.

Rod Ferrell, 17, could face the death penalty. On Feb. 12, the penalty phase gets under way.Just minutes into prosecutor Brad King's opening statement to jurors, Ferrell's attorney interrupted the murder trial to confer with his client about entering a plea.

Jurors, relatives of the couple who were slain, prosecutors, reporters and the judge filed out of the courtroom so Ferrell could talk privately with his attorneys.

"Mr. Ferrell has indicated he may want to do something to change things," said William Lackay, Ferrell's public defender.