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Man who killed boy in Oceanside bathroom in 1998 commits suicide

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man on death row for murdering a 9-year-old boy in Oceanside 13 years ago was found dead in his cell at San Quentin State Prison Thursday, a death authorities believe was a suicide.

Brandon Wilson, 33 -- who was found hanged -- was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m., according to the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

Wilson was sentenced to death in 1999 for the Nov. 14, 1998, slaying of Matthew Cecchi of Oroville in a public restroom.

The killer attacked Matthew, who was attending a family reunion at a beach campground near Oceanside Harbor, and slit his throat while the child's aunt waited outside the lavatory, according to police and prosecutors.

Wilson told authorities he had received an "order from God" to commit the slaying.

In February 2000, Wilson also began serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder.

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