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. @curio

    I've got a cabinet for you....

    September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. DRock

    Man that's a bad bad bad hangover.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. the bible

    @CallingBS. "Each person is drawn-out and enticed by their own thoughts" is how God's word puts it. Satan is to nlame for bringing sin into this world, but it's not his fault the personal choices each of us make. God invites us to "choose life" by being obedient to him and his word, not simply relying on our own thoughts to survive. Our own thoughts can be bad for us and others if we act on them.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • 50 and still WFO

      Yea cuz having thoughts of your own is scary! We sure can't have any of THAT now can we! Wait .. um .. whut?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. kevthgerman

    first off, no where in the bible does it say "oh snap".. second, please take your psycho christian babble elsewhere.. Jesus died cuz jews killed him, if that story is even true.. I will continue living the life i choose and would prefer not to listen to your psycho babble.. I am a good person, i donate to charity, i do work for Habitat for Humanity... I don't believe in your stupid religon and i know i am a good person.. without having to shove my values down other ppls throats.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Why is it the religious right is so holier-than-thou when it comes to everyone else? You guys seem to think people who ONLY think like you should be allowed salvation. You're the quickest ones to judge yet have the highest divorce rate. You have no idea what it takes to be Christ like.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. ChasingDogma

    He died because the Romans nailed his crazy a** to a couple of pieces of lumber and left him up there to sufficate under his own weight. Go spin your fairy tales somewhere else please.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. curio

    @Hah...you noticed that too. Americans spend more on drugs, both street-drugs and mind altering pharmaceuticals, than they do on national defense. It's hard to relate to someone spun on prozac, for example.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. ELH

    And now a word from our weatherman–"Warm and wet this morning."

    September 8, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry P

      Ahem, that's cold and wet.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Monrob

    How did this piece of Enquire type news become a Bible lesson? What am I saying? The two belong together (specially after a republican debate)!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wingrider

    What determining factor do you use to determine whom is repentant enough to be chosen to not perish? If we are all children of God, and all sinners, who determines the level of sin that is unacceptable? I believe God loves us all, regardless of our religious preferences. And, will save all His children, regardless of how sinful we have been. Christianity is not the determining factor, as Muslims, Jews, etc. also repent their sins.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Badeley-Bent

    A dry hot tub is a dangerous thing. . .

    September 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. curio

    @Hah...you noticed that too. Americans spend more on drugs, both street-drugs and mind altering pharmaceuticals, than they do on national defense. It's hard to relate to someone spun on prozac, for example.Hard, but not impossible. It just takes longer than usual to get through to them.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Enoch100

    yah... just had enough about the wholesome gay lifestyle that CNN keeps promoting....

    September 8, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Miami Mike

      This happens thousands of times a week in the US. This made the news because of his social and media status. You're an idiot.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. teremist

    "Local hot tub turns cold, local weather man turns green, local TV news station, turns quiet, and the local unemployment line, gets a little longer by one." and that's the news.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jack Noxious

    Ginger–

    That's the most insane post I've read in a long, long time.

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