9 April 1969
1 December 1996
From accounts after the crime from family
and friends Tracie had a pretty normal upbringing and
childhood. At age 22 in 1991 she gave birth to a
daughter, Carla, Tracie and the father became estranged
and the child was mostly looked after by Tracie's mother
After the birth of Carla Tracie worked as a
hairdresser and as a model, but finally settled on
working as a barmaid.
Tracie met and became infatuated with Lee Harvey. The
couple reportedly had a volatile relationship with
cracks appearing in the new relationship and vicious
arguments, Tracie apparently becoming increasingly
insecure and jealous.
coulpe spent most of their time together, with Lee
frequently returning home to his parents after arguments
with Tracie, but he would soon be back with her. Later
on 1995 he proposed.
June 1996, Tracie
announced she was pregnant, family and friends still
unsure about the relationship hoped this was the thing
to calm them both down, then in;
Tracie called Lee to come home, sayings she had fallen
down the stairs and lost the baby.
During an argument Tracie announced that she had not
lost the baby in an accident, but had instead had an
abortion, the argument escalated, and on returning home
to their parents both were seen to have scratches and
bruises, both sets of parents called police.
December 1996, After a day of arguing the couple
decided that evening to go out for a drink to The
Tracie later stated
that the couple had some drinks and left the pub at
around 9:45pm. They then headed off in Lee’s white 1990
Escort XR3i turbo and headed in the direction of home.
The couple took
their usual route along School Lane towards the couple’s
flat. Tracie reported that a dark-coloured, tatty 1986
Ford Sierra started honking its horn and flashing at
Lee. She said that the car behind keep speeding up to
get right behind them, but would then slow back down.
When the couple
turned into Cooper’s Hill they realised the car was
still following them so Lee said he had enough and
pulled over. the Ford Sierra also pulled over.
Tracie stated that
the driver of the Sierra got out of his car and
approached Lee. She said that the driver was about 18 or
19 years old and that he had short, dark hair. Tracie
then said she screamed, telling Lee to get back into the
car but that Lee was extremely agitated and continued to
argue with the Sierra driver.
Just then, an overweight, slightly older man with
‘staring eyes’ and wearing a donkey jacket got out of
the passenger side of the Sierra.
allegedly went over to the altercation, the
passenger called Tracie a slut and then hit her in the
face, knocking her to the ground. When she recovered
herself and got up, she realised that the passenger was
now laying into Lee, she screamed for him to stop. The
driver of the Sierra was also shouting, telling the
passenger to leave it. The pair then jumped back into
the car and sped away. Tracie realised Lee was seriously
injured and checked for a pulse. A local man who had
heard the screams arrived and police were called. Lee
was pronounced dead at the local hospital, Tracie was
also take to hospital, to have her injuries
attended to. She continued to be very talkative.
3rd December 1996 In the coming days while
police continued the investigations, a press conference
was arranged. The media and police baffled by the
behaviour of Tracie. Once released from hospital and
back at her flat Tracie took an overdose, and was close
to death when found by her other. She was taken to
While in hospital
police had become frustrated at finding no evidence at
the murder scene, including not a single forensic fibre.
They decided to re-drive the route Tracie claimed they
had taken that night, the timings didn't add up.
Cooper’s Hill was
only a ten-minute drive from the Malbrook pub and if
Tracie was right in the fact that the couple left the
pub at 9:45pm, why was the crime not reported until an
It was after the TV
and media press conference appeal, that the police had
gained some possible credible witnesses.
A young girl who
lived in a nearby house stated that she had heard a man
and a woman arguing at the time of Lee’s murder and had
not heard any other male voices. Another witness came
forward to say that he had seen a couple who had been
driving close to Cooper Hill. He claimed that there was
no other car present and that the couple in the car had
been arguing, to the point that the man had missed the
turning for Cooper Hill and had to slam on the brakes
and reverse down the road to take the turning.
Saturday 7th December 1996, in Hospital. Andrews
was arrested. Tracie went from happily talking about the
incident to refusing to talk.
She was released on bail after being charged. She
continued to maintain her road-rage defence.
continued to protest her innocence, holding press
conferences, and appearing on chat shows, at one stage
even producing an E-Fit of the alleged attacker.
30th June 1997,
Tracie attended Birmingham Crown Court and pleaded not
guilty to the murder of Lee Harvey.
A trial was set for
14 July 1997,
Trial starts at Birmingham Crown Court. Police brought
forward a blood spatter analysis expert who concluded
that the blood spatters found on Tracie’s clothes
suggested that she had been extremely close to Lee when
he had been attacked and that the spatters were
consistent with her being the attacker.
Tuesday 29 July 1997 Andrews was found guilty by a jury
of nine women and three men
at Birmingham Crown Court,
for the murder of Lee Harvey.
She was sentenced to life imprisonment, a 14 year
minimum term was recommended, by the judge, Mr Justice
October 1998, .An appeal lodged by Andrews, alleging
that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice
because of damaging publicity surrounding her case, was
thrown out at a court hearing.
18 April 1999 Andrews admitted that she had carried
out the crime. Stating an argument got out of control.
2006 it was reported in the national press that
Andrews was hoping to be released from jail within
months and planned to marry, but Home Office sources
denied that she was due to be released imminently.
She was moved from Foston Hall jail in Derbyshire to
Send prison near Woking, Surrey.
2009, Andrews had surgery while in prison to correct
a jaw problem. This was discussed in the media, disgust
was shown that a prisoner was getting NHS treatment.
Andrews released on licence, she is not allowed to go within
25 miles of Harvey's family.
allegedly changed her name to Tia Carter, then to Jenna
28th August 2017,
Tracie, now named Jenna Stephens, married bouncer Phil
Birmingham Crown Court
Mr Justice Buckley
David Crigman QC
Ronald Thwaites QC