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. the bible


    September 8, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Please get a life. You are a slave to your belief system which is founded on BS.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. William Demuth

    Why are so many weathermen gay?

    September 8, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. wow

    str8 guys love to jo and fondle with each other. but they don't want to admit that it's considered gay. they considered it as a friendly get together jo session

    September 8, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. William Demuth


    God is a tale told by idiots.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. C Sheen

    You know you've partied hard when you wake up in a bathtub with a dead naked guy!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeromechainc

      Nothing else to say about that.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. S Kyle

    I have personally known three television meteorologists in my life. All three were gay and all three partied like you would not believe. One of them is a long-time member of an East Coast affiliate and still parties like this in his 50s. If you see him out on the town on the weekends, it is not at all uncommon for him to be wearing leather and spikes and dog collars and whatnot. Nice guy, a little weird. Funny thing is, the old people in his market LOVE him... If they only knew...

    September 8, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeromechainc

      3 gay weathermen?

      What happens at weathermean college stays at weatherman college.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. kathleen

    Soooo the boys have NOT been educated that hot tubbing causes dehydration as does alcohol .
    Doing the 2 together is a fast tracking yourself to a mortuary .
    Hot tub and drink Large glasses of water , do the alcohol AFTER , Not during hot tubbing .

    Young and dumb , sorry about that . . . .

    September 8, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeromechainc

      Really! I have a hot tub and I drink heavily both in and out of the tub. While you are correct that certain health problems can be escaberated by hot tubbing I don't think this was that type of case.

      Did you read the part about doing drugs but not knowing what kind?

      How about the part where there was blood pooling around the dead guys head?

      Doesn't sound like dehydrayion to me.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bev

    see – THAT'S the way to state a case. Non-judgemental, and not making us Christians look
    the way half the world thinks we are...Jesus loved the sinner & hated the sin. and speaking as one of those sinners, I'm so glad He does!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maco

    Do we need to know, or should we really care about this kind of "news". It could be presumed that our day would go on without this rather useless information.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Why does somebody always bring up the Bible?
    The news report, although brief, said nothing about the recitation of Bible verses at that party.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. richp

    Sounds like something out of a pink panther movie....

    September 8, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Aeromechainc

    Now these guys know how to party!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. tonyS

    You just cannot make this stuff up.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Donovan Harrington II

      Actually you can. There's this movie called The Hangover where they make up all sorts of crazy stuff like this. There's even a sequel where they wake up the next morning to find a monkey. In fact, there are several movies in which outrageous stuff like this happens – all make believe.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      "causing him to scream like a little girl, run into the livingroom and throw up"

      Our society has really gone way down the tubes hasn't it.....

      September 8, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Inquiring Minds

    This won't look good on his resume.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • MidRanger

      Oh Geez!... that was funny!!!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
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