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Father, son charged in murder of Somerville man

A father and son are both facing charges in connection with the murder of a Somerville man whose body was dismembered and portions dropped behind a school in Norwood in January.

The father, Anthony Canejo Sr., is charged with first degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in violation of a restraining order, violation of a restraining order and improper disposal of human remains.

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The 30-year-old son, Anthony Canejo Jr., is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and two counts of receiving stolen property, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.

The elder Canejo is accused of attacking the 66-year-old victim, Vincent Lalli, inside a Somerville apartment where they had once lived together, Ryan’s office said in a statement. The elder Canejo allegedly struck Lalli with a crowbar and then strangled him to death, prosecutors allege.

According to prosecutors, a preliminary temporary restraining order was issued against the elder Canejo on Jan. 17 and a hearing was set for Jan. 30 to make the restraining order permanent. Lalli’s remains were found behind the Coakley Middle School in Norwood on Jan. 30.

The elder Canejo allegedly moved Lalli’s body out of the apartment, and with the help of his son, disposed of the victim’s remains behind the Norwood school. More remains were found in Somerville on March 30, prosecutors said.

Both father and son have been held without bail since their arrests on related charges in February.

“It is because of the hard work and coordinated efforts of many agencies that this case was solved and we are able to bring indictments against these defendants,’’ Ryan said in a statement.

No date has been set for their arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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