Virginia becomes 23rd US state to abolish the death penalty

Virginia governor Ralph Northam, left, looks over the electric chair in the death chamber at Greensville Correctional Centre with Operations Director, George Hinkle, center, and Warden Larry Edmonds, right, prior to signing a bill abolishing the death penalty (Steve Heiber/AP)
Virginia governor Ralph Northam, left, looks over the electric chair in the death chamber at Greensville Correctional Centre with Operations Director, George Hinkle, center, and Warden Larry Edmonds, right, prior to signing a bill abolishing the death penalty (Steve Heiber/AP)