Police: Arkansas meteorologist found asleep in tub next to dead man
KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins was allegedly found asleep in a hot tub next to a dead man.
September 7th, 2011
10:12 PM ET

Police: Arkansas meteorologist found asleep in tub next to dead man

Police are investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose naked body was allegedly found next to a sleeping TV weatherman in a hot tub after a night of drinking and drugs.

The owner of the home awoke Monday morning to find the body of 24-year-old Dexter Williams at the bottom of an empty tub, his face blue and purple and a chain resembling a dog collar around his neck, according to a Maumelle Police report.

Asleep next to him was KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, 33, who had arrived at Christopher Barbour's home outside Little Rock accompanied by Williams around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Barbour told police.

The three drank and snorted drugs, though Barbour told police he did not know what kind, Officer Gregory Roussie said in a report. The three continued drinking in the hot tub until Barbour retired for the night around 11 p.m., falling asleep on his couch.

Barbour awoke to the sound of Cummins snoring and discovered the two in the hot tub, which had been drained of water, he told police. After he awoke Cummins, the two realized that Williams' face was discolored and his skin cold to the touch, prompting Cummins to scream and run to the living room, where he vomited, Barbour said.

Maumelle Police and fire rescue arrived at the home around 8:10 a.m. and found Williams' body in the tub with blood pooling around his head, Sergeant David Collins said in a report. In the master bedroom he found a pill bottle next to a pair of khaki cargo shorts on a storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, Lieutenant Jim Hansard said.

KARK reported the incident on its website Tuesday, acknowledging that Cummins was at Barbour’s house.

"Our Meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers," the report said. "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Dexter Williams."

Cummins has not responded to calls or written requests for comment, and police said they are not releasing preliminary autopsy results for Williams.

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  1. billp

    You don't see a headline like that every day.

    September 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terri

      I will have to agree with that....first one I've seen! Gee. Bet that was indeed a strange awakening.....

      September 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    It sounds like he got the cold shoulder.

    September 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      That was bad. Real bad. But, I'll admit I snickered. But, that was bad!

      September 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Hee Hee......stop it!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brenda

    (brushing aside refernce to the invisible sky pixie) Dude, always practice safe S*x. And if you're gonna get your kink on, then do so in a safe, sane, and consentual manner. Someone left out the safe part in this gig, clearly

    September 12, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • flippin

      Why do you feel so compelled to make a comment about someone else's beliefs? If you truly believe there is no God, good for you, but no one cares what you believe. If someone posts a comment and it gives you an idea of what their beliefs must be, you just look like an @ss running in to shoot it down asap. Why are you so concerned? Have you no life?

      September 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. flippin

    Why would he have jail time? For being gay? And if you are so sure that God will punish them why the panties in a bunch? You said yourself, it'll be dealt with, why are you still ranting then and what does it have to do with you?

    September 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Daniel

    In reply to Marina2003 : If you can't love your brother that you have seen, how can you love God whom you have not seen? or some such saying. I'm not a believer, but there is some merit in most assertions, just as there is much merit in all persons, despite their "failings." If you believe that persons are just geometic space and can be packaged into little boxes as "good" or "bad" I sincerely feel badly for you. The only way we can think of other people as too bad is if we think of ourselves as too good. It's called pride. Hope your god brings you peace, a sense of fairness and helps you overcome your fears.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cizzler

    Now that's a party.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaison

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      April 22, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. oilfieldtrash

    Rub-a-dub-dub three men in the tub!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. gr

    Today's Forecast: Mostly gay with a 50% chance of homicide

    September 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laughs Alot

      LMAO! Love it!

      September 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. cathy

    No water....Wonder who pulled the plug?

    September 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Elaine

    Well, ooops...kind of embarrassing for that weatherman huh?

    October 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Steve

    Wow... I woulda figured this woulda happened first in TX.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dave Duke

    This is what happens when you FARK A STRANGER IN THE ASS!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. CNN IDIOTS

    no we won't. we dont want to save maci. the world would be abetter place without maci

    September 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tcp

    Yeah! FVCK Maci. We hate her...although I did her once.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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