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. Doesn't add up

    Hmm, what kind of drugs do you take sometime after 8 (that's when they arrived) that you then pass out at 11?

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

      It said the cops found a pill bottle. So I'm thinking, just guessing actually, that they were snorting Oxycontin. That would mess you up bad and could cause some brain hemmorage issues I suppose.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Probably whatever the two "fellas" were doing in the hot tub made them pass out......

      September 8, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Sounds like another "Hangover" sequel...

    September 8, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fran S

    "The Hangover 3: Revenge of the Weatherman"

    September 8, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fran S

    I'm sure the whole evening's antics were picked up on Doppler.....

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

    I love when new people become the news... For I hate how they try to be funny and they are not or give their brief, safe or obvious opinions when no one wants to hear them... The media is to blame for so many deaths; it's wonderful to see what comes around goes around...

    September 8, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      How is this a case of what goes around comes around? Idiot.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      I think we can include your opinion in that (ass)essment as well.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • baffledoverit

      It's called DARK HUMOR...look into it.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. FBMarky

    Actually, he didn't die at all. It's all just a big fairy tale, made up to keep ignorant folk from thinking for themselves. Worked in your case, obviously, since you don't seem to have any original thoughts. Keep happy!

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

    Whoops ....cat's out of the bag....errrr closet !

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

    The bible is a mediocre fairy tale, at best.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Are you a mediocre human being at best?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Jesus loves you Mike...

      September 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Hangover 3

    .... Dog Collars hot tubs and weather man..... nuff said.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sean

    Death by Unga bunga

    September 8, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Glades2

    At first glance the byline seemed almost funny, but reading the story changed my mind – media people have to remember that they are a personal part of the average person's everyday life and their behavior on and off the set really make a difference – just a guess but this man's career is over, at least for now...

    September 8, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Smith(fayette mo.)

    That's not what they meant by ride em cowboy.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. william

    BYOB in ARKANSAS is Bring your Owen Body.lmao

    September 8, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mabel

      Owen?

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

    People can be so stupid!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Nowadays we call that "News".

      September 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Keyser

    Weather is not gay!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
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