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. Lindalou

    You can write that career off.

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

    If I had a dollar for every time this happened to me...

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

      Thanks for making me spit my coffee all over myself....

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

    Looks like Amanda Knox case, looks like they dont know what they do when they are on drugs. No one can tell exactly what happened, whoever did or did not are not in their senses.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    This is pretty much what they mean by "the gay lifestyle" or just "the lifestyle". This is NOT what they mean by "gay marriage".

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

      Whereas "straight lifestyles" are so much more wholesome.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Yeah, every gay guy I know has woken up hung over in a bathtub with a dead dude. Totally a key part of the gay lifestyle.


      September 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roomie Rob

    Looks like someone forgot what the safe word was..

    September 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • natalie

      S&M isn't for amateurs kiddos.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. HamsterDancer

    Huh? What? Did I miss something? What does this comment have to do with the facts stated in the accompanying story?

    September 8, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hoofleau

    What is it with meteorologists? They are always putting themselves in weird predicaments. Just ask Russ Minchew.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. baffledoverit

    ARKANSAS – Taking the party to a whole new level...

    September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. frickers

    did no one notice his last name????
    just when you thought you had seen or heard the most outlandish things, some freak comes out and proves you 100% wrong


    September 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. baffledoverit

    It's the Clinton re-bound system: We Arkansans think because we endured the Clinton administration that NOTHING – not even chemicals, dog collars, and alternative behaviours in hot tubs – can take us out! The down-side of feeling bullet-proof!!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. KMS

    A dog collar in this story too!??

    September 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. baffledoverit

    Put the bong downeasy & back away now, Fred...

    September 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. CelticHunter7

    Tomorrow's Forecast. SM&BD. Showers with Manly Blowing Dick.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. McJesus

    Nothing wrong with man on man fun as long as no one dies. Its a great solution to the inbreeding problem in Arkansas.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. ron

    This is just another sad example of why you should make sure your dog's collar has not gotten too tight. No, really!

    This just happened to be a stupid human trick gone bad, apparently.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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