FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ It's been almost 20 years since Henry Lee Lucas began confessing to more than 600 killings in 26 states. Now, the date for his execution has been set.

Although the one-eyed drifter later recanted all his confessions, he was convicted of murder in the slaying of a female hitchhiker known as ``Orange Socks'' for the only item of clothing left on her body.

She had been sexually assaulted and her body dumped under a bridge near Georgetown.

State District Judge John Carter on Monday said Lucas will be executed June 30 for the 1979 killing.

Defense lawyers contend that investigators eager to wrap up unsolved cases manipulated the fifth-grade dropout into making hundreds of false confessions. During a federal court hearing two years ago, Lucas asserted that he was working as a roofer in Florida when the hitchhiker was killed.

``We are putting together an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court right now,'' lawyer Rita Radostitz told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday.

No execution date had been set for Lucas until now. He was granted a stay in September 1995 so his claims of false confessions could be investigated. The stay was lifted a year later.