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. karen

    Man, what is it with weathermen? I live in a different state, but one of our local boys got busted for heroin, and another one was dismissed for his cocaine use. Is it that stressful that weathermen are drug addicts? Sheesh!

    Interesting story, can't wait to see how it plays out.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. betty

    what is it with these closet cases? Love the vomiting part though.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. curio

    @Dizard, I was sharing God's thoughts on the matter of 'sin', as recorded for us in his word, the bible. About 80% of US profess to believe in the God of the bible...President Obama and fmr. President Bus(s), for example. How did former President HW Bush know better than to loan 5 million dollars to his son, George W, who was a well-known drunkkard at that time? (George w had to borrow the money from Salim bin Laden, because his father would not) He knew because he was familiar with God's word..."When giving gifts of mercy, seek out those desrving" said Jesus. "do not throw your pearls to the swine(pigs)".

    September 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bev

      wow – would you just GO AWAY??? you are making Christians look really bad. For real – you are NOT helping.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
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    September 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    MattinDc, you are an idiot. Or, maybe a capitol hill page.....

    September 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. AhSnap!

    RAM05 ..how is jesus a contradiction...please gimme what u think so I can better understand what u mean

    September 8, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reason & Logic

    I'm sure there will soon be an opening for a meteorologist at KARK.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim F.

      LOL – funny stuff!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose San Antonio

      Yeah, here in Texas weatherman's joib is getting easy. Just cut & paste the weather prediction from last months. Weather here is pretty much the same.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. CallingBS

    Notice how the media circled the wagons around their guy...and they are keeping quiet because HE DIDN'T say anything! Bet we won't be hearing much hoopla about this story, what do you bet?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      In my city a very popular local newsman got arrested for patronizing les girls. About two weeks before; he did a ride along with the cops. Naturally they didn'r run this; but the cops whom they bash regularly , put it on the web. Seems no one is immune to little brother.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • 50 and still WFO

      Yea cuz y'know it's so strange that people would rally around those that are part of their organizations .. yea that's way weird that people actually show support for anyone that works with them or around them. Yea, that's a weird one all right. Yup I bet you're really on to something there .... GEEZ REALLY? DO YA THINK? Naawww ...

      Obvious much?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yeah

    So this news station is okay with having a pill head weatherman? Hmm, that sounds American!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pine Roots

      Everytime anyone in America does drugs, it supports the drug cartels in Mexico.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • hah

      You do realize over nearly 75% of Americans are addicted to at least one substance. Look to your left and right, if you don't think those people are addicts, then its probably you. Enjoy your coffee every morning.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Soylent

      I suppose it depends on how well he tells the weather. How many of us have pillhead weathermen already, don't know it, and really don't care?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      Hah, where did you get your statistics?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • 50 and still WFO

      Why Not? When we got the likes of shock-jocks (Limbaugh) hooked on Oxy and yet we give him all the credibility we can muster. (Once an opiate abuser addict always an opiate abuser addict). We ljust ove our movie star politicians and our dope addict spokesmen! Stop being so logical and realistic will ya? What FUN is that? You're no fun, not playing with you anymore. (heheh!!). 😉

      September 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    This is horrible. Not only did the homeowner have a corpse in his hot tub, he now has to clean up the vomit the weatherman left in his living room. Talk about having a bad beginning to the work week.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • kevthgerman

      Dude, it's thursday.... Get a job already....

      September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      Kev, it happened on Sunday/Monday.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    This is horrible. Not only does the homeowner have a corpse in his hot tub, but now he has to clean the vomit left in the living room by the weatherman. Talk about having a bad start to the work week!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Nigel Powers

      I'm sure a nice, healthy dose of meth will help him get that cleaning done in 30 minutes, tops.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. CallingBS

    If one is truly free he has no need for the shackles of religion. Bowing your head and giving god/satan the blame isn't freedom...What it is, is one not taking responsibility for ones faults. If you want to take the time and effort to become truely free, you have to take the time to LEARN something other than a misinterpreted fable. That goes for ALL systems...

    September 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rick

    Huh, looks like cloudy skies ahead.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. vatoloke

    Hey, the guy likes to have a 'cold' one now and then.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • anthony

      lol oh chip

      September 8, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. @ OMVNY

    You are awfully curious about what other people do in the bedroom....

    September 8, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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