Father and son arrested in connection with slaying of man found dead behind Norwood middle school

A father and son were charged today in connection with the death of Vincent Lalli, a Vietnam veteran whose battered body was found behind a Norwood middle school in January.

Anthony Canejo Sr., 52, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said. Anthony Canejo Jr., 30, was charged as an accessory to the crime.

Canejo Sr. was not charged with murder because an autopsy has yet to determine Lalli’s cause of death, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said.

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The two men lived with Lalli, 66, in a Somerville apartment, Ryan’s office said.

Canejo Sr., allegedly strangled Lalli and beat him with a crowbar in the Sycamore Street residence, prosecutors said. He and his son are accused of then dumping his body in Norwood.

The elder Canejo was arrested Thursday in Quincy, and the son was arrested this morning in Watertown, Ryan’s office said.

Both men pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Somerville District Court today. Canejo Sr. was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for Feb. 21. Judge Antoinette Leoney set the younger defendant’s bail at $250,000, but he was ordered held for a probation violation, the district attorney’s office said.

A dog walker found Lalli’s body behind Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School on the afternoon of Jan. 29, authorities said. Lalli had been reported missing to police about a week prior, the Norfolk district attorney’s office said at the time.

Prosecutors said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy on Lalli’s body to determine his cause of death.

State Police and the district attorney’s office are investigating the incident.