Guilty Plea in Schwartz Killing

* Kyle Hulbert once called himself a protector who had "just cause" to use his 27-inch sword to kill his dear friend's father. Yesterday in court, he declared himself a murderer.

Hulbert, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy in the Dec. 8, 2001, slaying of Robert M. Schwartz, a well-known Loudoun County biophysicist. Despite the plea, there is no agreement concerning Hulbert's punishment, and he could face life imprisonment when he is sentenced in September.

Tuesday

Inmate Dies After Hanging

* A 44-year-old inmate at the Loudoun County jail died yesterday at Loudoun Hospital Center, a day after he was found hanging from a sheet in his cell. Loudoun Sheriff's officials would not release the man's name or say on what charge he was being held, but said he was from Sterling. Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said deputies found the man at 6:18 a.m. Tuesday during a routine check of the cellblock. Deputies performed CPR at the jail, and the man was taken to Loudoun Hospital where he died. Troxell said that the death was considered a suicide but that an investigation would continue.

Thursday