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. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , dank smoker )

    HE WAS TIRED OFFICERS... yep dead tired...

    September 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • anony

      You seem to be missing the Schwarzenegger accent.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeanBoxer

      I'm confused....was the collar because this was all "doggy style" stuff or what???

      September 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    ok, I am speechless.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , dank smoker )

    i wonder how much poop was swirling around in the tub as he slept in it?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • anony

      Why, are you particularly interested in that aspect of the crime scene?

      September 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Dude, be a closeted gay person in another forum, please. No one is interested in dating you here.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jealous Much

      Just a few logs, not too many

      September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman )

    i bet you if you check craigs list theres going to be a free hottub on there soon...

    September 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • too much ,too much

      how much for the one with the chalk outline?

      September 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Toad

    And the forcast calls for.............

    September 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      more of the white stuff

      September 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny


      September 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. edvhou812


    September 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. anony

    "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend?" Things that make you go hmm....

    September 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ya No

      Things that make some of us go hmmmm. I see the adolescent crowd has gathered tonight. Poop in the hot tub. Can't say that ever occurred to me – which makes me very happy, indeed.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • baffledoverit

      NAH...he's still puking in the living room.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark C

    Don't be so hard on yourself.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      U, He said Hard On Yea Yea Yea

      September 8, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Now he's a real stiffy!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Stay classy Arkansas

    September 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      Oh please, stay classy, Arkansas? You make it seem as if this sort of thing would not happen anywhere else. It's not Arkansas, it's 2 people who live there. Don't act as if this is typical behavior of a region you have probably never visited. I'm not from AK, but I wouldn't judge an entire state based on two people.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @Steph calm down and watch Anchorman. Might want to burn one too, you're wound to tight. Don't take anything in the comments section seriously. I live in LA, do you have any idea the weird sh!t that makes the local news?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK???

      Um... Steph.... AK is Alaska... AR is Arkansas...

      September 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber @ Houston, TX

      LOL!! damn....

      September 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • CaliBreeze

      Bahahahaha, BUUUURN!

      September 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuz

      And boom, there goes the dynamite.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wildone

    Please excuse me while I go somewhere to vomit.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. israel

    and the worlds cares because........?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Don't you mean "and the worlds care"? C'mon...proper grammar is VERY important.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Outraged

    You know it's going to be a bad day when...

    September 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. T3chsupport


    September 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown


      September 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. richard

    You don't need a weatherman to know which way the gay boys go...

    September 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Corey

    And the forecast is 20 to life!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Doubtful. For drug use? The guy fell asleep in a hot tub. People can die from that without the help of drugs. The weatherman may get a couple of years, if that. Don't think he will be working much longer, though.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
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