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. @curious

    "Do you folk’s posting here even read the comments left by others? Or do you all just post-and-go…throw your little darts and leave without being engaged. Snippy little drivels of nothingness without meaning…and then off you go to only God knows where?"

    You've just described Troll Mmmmm and The Real Mmmmm.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. JoeProfet

    I'm not sure how religion even made it into this conversation, but since we like to throw religion under the bus, maybe we should look at evolution for once. This is a common occurrence between two consenting monkeys!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dead Man Blogging

    Forget everything but the drugs and alcohol, and the fact that someone ended up dead. That's the lesson. The rest should be secondary.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Badeley-Bent

    A hot tub without water. . . What's wrong with this picture?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Monique Webb

    Not enough information to make assumptions.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. TonyMontana1

    It's everyones fault! You guys are always raggin on the weathermen because they can never get their forecast right.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. nooee

    Bet there was cold front that ran up his back when he woke up in that hot tub!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      ..followed immediately by a high pressure system down at the cop shop.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • lordpet

      don't quit your day job, assuming you have one

      September 8, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    What is strange about this is... this is the second weather guy in the state to have something like this happen to him... though the first didn't involve a dead guy, thankfully.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • MattinDC

      2nd time this happened and your SURPRISED? It's ARKANSAS. See the movie Deliverance and learn about down home southern folks.

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

      @MattinDC - I'm sure this kind of thing happens way more in DC than the "down home south". And in the future, it might be wise to remember the definition of fiction when you are watching Hollywood movies and internalizing all those tired cliched stereotypes that Hollywood is famous for churning out. They rely on such "formulas" rather than real creativity or art precisely because gullible folks such as yourself love to watch anything that makes you feel superior to someone - anyone - else.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. William

    no wonder they cant get the weather right! to much drugs!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. curio

    @Ginger. "The wages sin pays is death". We are all born sinners who have inherited the sins of our parents. We do not CHOOSE death, it is the eventuality of sin. The only choice we have in the matter is to not add our own personally chosen sinful behaviors on top of those we were born with. An obedient child of God is still a sinner ('sin' lierally "imperfect")...still an imperfect person whose only hope is to repent from his own willful sins. Jesus died for our inherited sins, not our willful ones. for our own personal sins to be forgiven, we must repent and stop practicing them.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris


      September 8, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • An Atheist

      Good grief stop with the bible belt preaching. No one cares!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • scottco

      So is sitting in a hot tub is a sin? I don't think there's mention of drugs in the bible either.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I bet you're the life of the party...

      September 8, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Cdiddy

      Why do dogs die? Were there parents sinners too?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    In the Army they used to say "That's as wrong as 2 boys in a hot tub".

    Now I know what that meant.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. curio

    @jish...exactly. Notice the ants...do they not gather and store-up for winter just as they are instructed by their own instincts? God made man above, not before the other animals and insects that he provided while preparing this earth for us after he had created it. The bible does not say how long God spent creating this earth. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" is all the bible says about it. Then the bible goes on to explain how long god spent preparing his already created earth to be inhabited by man. (6 of HIS days, not six of uour puny little 24-hour days as some think)

    September 8, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Oh, stop already. haha.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. curio

    @Josh, rather. (inadvertantly spelled 'jish'...sorry)

    September 8, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Harry

    Lots of names are going on lists, wizard. Yours is on one – I've seen it with my own eyes.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. AhSnap!

    I worked at Kark for a season...how sad!!!! Not what I wanted to read being stuck in Iraq 🙁

    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
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