(CBS/AP) Gov. Bill Richardson says he is signing a bill repealing New Mexico's death penalty.
The bill replaces lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The governor faced a deadline of midnight for making a decision on the bill that lawmakers sent him last week.
New Mexico is only the second state to ban executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
It joins 14 other states that do not have capital punishment.