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.

soundoff (831 Responses)
  1. Coolio Unroolio

    The next time this weatherman talks about "eyewall replacement," we'll know he speaks from experience.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. weesnaw

    mostly sunny with a slight chance of corpse :(

    September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe in Colorado

      This is the funniest comment I have ever read. Literally laughed out loud here in the office from that. Awesome.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. UFC iTard

    He forgot the safe word.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Coolio Unroolio

    The weatherman can always look for more work in San Francisco ... or New York for that matter. NYC is actually more of a fruit basket than SF is.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ArkansasBrokebacks

    Forget the Razorbacks, go Brokebacks!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laura

      hahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      September 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. C. Knob

    Drudge had this yesterday...old news

    September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Talgrath

    I told those guys not to party with Charlie Sheen.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Laura

    The "snorting drugs" is enough to get him fired from a conservative news station in a conservative state.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cpg35222

      Look, I know you're looking to take a swipe at poor Arkansas, but that's kind of dumb. That would get him fired by any station in any state.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      Snorting drugs is a way for anyone to get fired from anywhere.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KED

      But, Chris Rock said, he could still be mayor of Washington DC. . .

      September 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KED

      But, as Chris Rock said, he could still be mayor of Washington DC. . .

      September 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ice Sickle

      ...unless they were sniffing Oxycontin; Oxycontin is a conservative drug.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. erik

    Keep this story in the back of your mind, so when you have a bad day you can think of this and put it in perspective. well, at least i didnt wake up next to a naked dead guy in a empty hot tub with my face all over the news.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nunya bidness

      you forgot the vomiting part-I could have lived without knowing that.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. emptyPool

    Oh come on. This isn't news. Who among us hasn't woken up next to a dog-collared corpse after a night of partying. At our house we call this "Thursday".

    September 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lumps

      nice!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasper

      LOL! That was so funny, but its got me thinking...why? A 24 year old died. We myself included in America have a twisted sense of humor.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HockeyMinny

    How could you tell the stiff from the stiff?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BattleHealer

    He's kinda cute, actually... Too bad $h!t his the fan for him though. Tsk tsk

    September 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Aynsley Dunbar

    Sounds like just another Republican fund raiser to me.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Oodoodanoo

    It's too bad Normal Rockwell isn't around to paint that scene.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Been there, done that

    I slept with a few corpses in my day, all show and no go. In fact, I would have gotten more action from a corpse!

    September 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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