updated 7/17/2009 8:56:12 AM ET 2009-07-17T12:56:12

Russian investigators say two Jesuit priests found dead last year were killed by a drunk man who was solicited for sex by one of them.

The bodies of Russian Otto Messmer and Victor Betancourt of Ecuador were found on Oct. 28 in their Moscow apartment at the religious order's Moscow headquarters.

Several days later, police announced a 38-year-old man had confessed to the killings but gave few details.

The federal Investigative Committee announced Friday that the man had been drinking with Betancourt, and when Betancourt suggested they have sex, the man bludgeoned Betancourt with a dumbbell.

It said Messmer arrived later and the man killed him to cover up the first killing.

Phone calls to the Catholic Russian Bishops Conference were not immediately answered.

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