Kay Winfree was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Maryland in 2007. She was appointed Principal Deputy State's Attorney for Montgomery County in 1999. During her career, she has prosecuted a number of significant cases. These include the Beltway snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington metropolitan area in October 2002; Robert Lucas, who murdered Monsignor Thomas Wells in the rectory of Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown; and Zacharia Oweiss, a prominent physician who beat his wife to death in their Potomac home.
Ms. Winfree graduated in 1973 from the College of William and Mary, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1975, where she was Note Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she was accepted into the Honors Program of the United States Justice Department, where she served in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she was appointed as an Assistant United State's Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she served in the Appellate, Misdemeanor and Felony Trial, Chronic Offender, Homicide, Economic Crime and Public Corruption Sections. Ms. Winfree also served as Chief of the Misdemeanor Trial, Economic Crime and Public Corruption Sections. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she was the recipient of the Harold Sullivan Award honoring her as the top prosecutor from among 350 Assistant United States Attorneys. In addition to numerous Special Achievement Awards for outstanding performance, she received the FBI Director's Superior Performance Award for leading a major federal money laundering investigation and prosecution of two major automobile dealerships and their employees that resulted in 19 convictions and more than three million dollars in forfeitures.