Florida’s Fourth Estate: How DNA forensics helps solve cold cases

This week on Florida's Fourth Estate we take a deep dive into DNA. News 6 investigator Mike Deforest tells us about a fascinating case in which an accused killer was found because his cousin put his DNA online. It took a clandestine mission to find the suspect and gather his DNA. The question is, do cases like this open Pandora's box?

Also, we break down the video of a 6-year-old’s arrest. The police officer has been fired for using zip ties to subdue the little girl and put her in his patrol car.

Floridians also showed love this week. A man jumps into a canal to save a stranger. a woman was having a seizure when she crashed into the water. Her car was sinking as one man jumped in to rescue her. All of this and more on this week’s Florida’s Fourth Estate.

About the podcasts

Florida’s Fourth Estate looks at everything from swampy politics to a fragile environment and even the crazy headlines that make Florida the craziest state in the Union.

Ginger Gadsden and Matt Austin use decades of experience as journalists to dissect the headlines that impact Florida. Each week they have a guest host who helps give an irreverent look at the issues impacting the Sunshine State. Big influencers like Attorney John Morgan, renowned Florida journalists and the scientists protecting Florida’s ecosystem can often be found as guests.

Look for new episodes every week, and visit ClickOrlando.com/podcasts for the latest WKMG News 6 coverage of Orlando and beyond.

About the Author:

Emmy Award-winning anchor Matt Austin joined the News 6 team in June 2011 and has been the evening news co-anchor since December 2013.