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Posted: Jan 3, 2014 11:37 AM

Updated: Jan 3, 2014 11:38 AM

HOUSTON (AP) A Texas death row inmate who's been linked to more than a dozen slayings and who's claimed to have committed as many as 70 murders around the country has an execution date.

Tommy Lynn Sells is set for lethal injection April 3 in Huntsville.

A state judge in Del Rio in Val Verde County last month set the date for the 49-year-old Sells. His lead appeals attorney said Friday lawyers were "kind of surprised" when they received a copy of the order.

Sells was condemned for slashing the throats of two girls at a home near Del Rio in South Texas in 1999. A 13-year-old, Katy Harris, was killed. Her 10-year-old friend survived.

Sells has called himself "Coast to Coast," a reference to where he says he's committed murders.

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