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. Jim

    Do you think its to late to rewrite the season premiere of 2-1/2 men. You just cant make this kind of stuff up.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • cruzie

      That would be a PERFECT way to kill Charlie off!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      how can something be 'allegedly' found? That I can never understand....it was either found or we'd never hear about it. English is weird, or people are afraid to say what they see...lame

      September 8, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • EmptySkull

      The speaker who says "allegedly found" meant that he/she got this as 2nd hand information and can not verify the authenticity of the message. The English is fine, only the logics requires a little interpretation

      September 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. CelticHunter7

    Little Wiz. They might have been snorting lithium.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. baffledoverit

    Can u hear it?: "Well, officer, we was jes' bobbin' fer...um..well..."

    September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    What, did the guy choke on a sausage?

    September 8, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      you can call it a sausage all right 🙂

      September 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    Hangover 3: THIS TIME THERE IS A GAY WEATHERMAN, A HOT TUB, A DEAD FRIEND, AND A DOG COLLAR... AND YOU THOUGHT STEALING A TIGER WAS BAD

    September 8, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ckelley

      I shouldn't laugh, I really shouldn't...but I am :-/

      September 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brick Tamland

    I've heard of a weatherman killing another man with a trident, but this is taking it just a little too far...

    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Paulette

    Let's here it for Red State "family values."

    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremy

    my ballsack itches sometimes

    September 8, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reggie

    how can something be 'allegedly' found? That I can never understand....it was either found or we'd never hear about it. English is weird, or people are afraid to say what they see...lame

    September 8, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Brain

      Its legal talk, like when they write "you were found with xyz on or around 6:00 in the morning". That way if it was 6:01 am they can't throw it out on a technicality.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jdo

      It's not that the naked body was "allegedly found;" It's saying that the naked body was "allegedly found next to a sleeping TV weatherman in a hot tub." That is, the reporter can not/is unwilling to state as fact where the owner found the dead man's naked body (in a hot tub?) nor who was near the dead man's naked body (a sleeping TV weatherman?).

      Be careful about criticizing someone or something else–you might want to consider that you could be the source of the problem (misinterpreting language in this case). You could end up looking foolish. [another way to say what you said could be something like this: It seems strange to me that a body was "allegedly found." Am I misreading this or is the English language just weird? Could anyone fill me in on anything I might be missing here? Thanks!]

      September 8, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • BeGentleToAllPpl

      If they say "allegedly" then they cannot be sued, whereas if they say "was found" and the person is later found innocent (on a technicality, for example, even if they are guilty as sin) they can sue. That is why they say it that way. Also, if evidence is planted, it is "allegedly" found.

      The law is a funny thing, different in all states, but news can be broadcast between states and lawsuits can be multi-state wide. English is a very imprecise language because it is based on German and Latin with so many other languages influencing it.

      So, I hope that answers your question.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. william

    Is BYOB in ARKANSAS. Bring your owen Body.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Well, I guess, if you don't like Owen.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ivy

    I guess he can predict the outcome of his career better than he can predict the weather.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Diane

    Those "weathermen" are certainly a different breed. Wouldn't you hate to have to think up a logical excuse for this disturbing episode! The moral is drugs, idiots and hot tubs just don't mix!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Todd in DC

    What the family are you even talking about?

    September 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. TIM BRAGG

    just 3 old butt buddies,

    September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mik

    Let's hear what you have to say when you find out there is no Heaven or Hell and the joke was on YOU all along... LOL

    September 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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