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Troy Davis' last words: 'I am innocent... God bless you all'

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Troy Davis in court (AP)

ATLANTA - An audio recording of Troy Davis' last statement before his execution and over 200 pages of documents relating to his execution were released to 11Alive News Wednesday.

DOCUMENTS: FOIA Request: Troy Davis Execution Files - Part 1
DOCUMENTS: FOIA Request: Troy Davis Execution Files - Part 2

The records provide a glimpse into Davis' final hours before he was executed for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer, Mark McPhail.

Guards said in the records that Davis took an hour-long nap as his 7 p.m. execution came and went. He had vowed to fast through the day, but as the night dragged on he changed his mind and asked for food. And he ended a phone conversation with an attorney moments before guards escorted him to the gurney.

Davis insisted he didn't commit the crime and his case was the focus of international attention. Prosecutors said they were certain of Davis' guilt.

Prison officials also provided an audio recording and transcript of his last words.

In the audio recording, Davis speaks directly to the McPhail family, his own family and friends and his executioners.  A transcript of that recording follows:

"First of all, I'd like to address the McPhail family. I'd like to let you all know that despite the situation, I know all of you still are convinced that I'm the person that killed your father, your son and your brother. I am innocent.

"The incidents that happened that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun that night. I did not shoot your family member.

"I am so sorry for your loss. I really am. Sincerely.

"All that I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case so that you really will finally see the truth.

"I ask, to my family and friends, that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive and continue to fight this fight.

"For those who are about to take my life, may God have mercy on all of your souls.

"God bless you all."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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