The untimely July 2016 deaths of Dawn and Antonio Armstrong continue to hang over their loved ones’ heads like a dark cloud, but it was actually made even worse by the lengthy legal proceedings. After all, as chronicled in ABC’s ’20/20: I Have Been Watching’ and ’20/20: All American Murder’ the couple’s perpetrator is their son Antonio “AJ” Jr., and he faced three trials. So with the final one concluding with his conviction in August 2023, it’s imperative to note that most of the family — especially grandmother Kay Winston — utterly believes in his innocence.
Who is Kay Winston?
Although not much regarding Kay’s early years, unions, or experiences are publicly available, it’s evident she is a God-loving and God-fearing woman who raised her children with the same faith. Amongst them was former NFL linebacker turned sports gym entrepreneur as well as motivational speaker Antonio Armstrong, making it no surprise he was instilling these values in his brood too. Well, that is until everything changed in the early hours of July 29, 2016, when he and his wife Dawn were shot as they lay asleep in bed inside their Palmetto Street, Houston, home.
Kay still remembers how shaken she was upon hearing this news the same night, only to be bewildered further as she learned her 16-year-old grandson had been arrested for capital murder. That’s why she’d told officials, “Let me tell you something, if AJ done did something like this, it’s got to be drug-related?” as soon as she arrived at the scene, but then added she knew he didn’t do it. In fact, apart from her, most of their friends, family, and extended relatives also held the same opinion, driving them to stand by him as he faced court.
Where is Kay Winston Now?
Even though Kay is determined to be by AJ’s side every step of the way while praying for justice for her son, she has not shied away from stating that the legal approach is burning through them. “We lost our beautiful daughter and our son,” she said in a press conference alongside Dawn’s father, Keith Whitely, following the scheduling of AJ’s third trial. “Our family has been through so much hell behind all of this. We relive their deaths every time we come back to trial. We’ve watched the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office hide evidence, lose evidence, and mishandle the investigation into this case through two trials.”
Kay continued, “What evidence are they going to bring to this trial the third time? Or is the district attorney’s office attempting to bankrupt our family? And will they just keep on trying this case until they get the results that they are looking for?” She essentially made it clear they would not be able to move on from the past or the loss until they finally have some real, acceptable closure.
Coming to her current standing, from what we can tell, Kay resides around Fresno, Texas, at the moment, where loved ones surround her to the best of their abilities. Yet, since the 60-something-year-old actually prefers to stay well away from the public eye these days, we unfortnately do not know much else about her recent personal or professional experiences. All we know is that she even testified at AJ’s third trial, stating that although he wasn’t perfect in 2016, he wasn’t a killer, but to no avail.