The next move belonged to a group of Texas secessionists after their lawyer delivered what he called the state's final offer: Come out or police are coming in.

"Know that there are people out there who love you and don't want you to die," lawyer Terry O'Rourke said late Thursday in a public plea to his client, Republic of Texas factional leader Richard McLaren."The government has made its last, final written offer. They are people of their word. They are willing to do what you ask in substance. Rick, the time to come out is now," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke delivered a similar warning in person to McLaren, whose standoff with police began Sunday with the kidnapping of a couple near McLaren's mountain home, 175 miles southeast of El Paso.

The couple, since released, were seized in retaliation for the arrest of two people McLaren said were part of his group, known as the Republic of Texas.