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. Reggie

    One moron less, wish the other one,,,weatherman spends some time in prison too

    September 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. DaveL

    Sometimes I get down about how boring my life is. Then I see crap like this happen and realize that it's better to have a boring life than it is to be found face down in an empty hot tub.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • purnellmeagrejr

      good observation.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. phyllis

    This weather mans has lost his job, that is what I am thinking.............

    peace out...........

    September 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. angryirish

    Meanwhile in Arkansas....

    September 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Terry

    Maybe Sanjay Gupta could do a special on the use of alcohol and drugs in a spa tub with the water temperature in excess of 102 degrees.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Guptahatr

      Don't forget: Dr Gupta must also address effects of dog collars in his report

      September 8, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lulz

    Let's have a parade to celebrate diversity!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ryan

    looks like the Hangover part III. Sounds like these people should be fired from their jobs. They need to grow up. Someone died because of the actions they all took part in.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    This is why I wear floaties when i'm doing drugs and men in a hot tub.....

    September 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. fran glass

    "freedom is literally something only God can give us"

    i feel like i have tons of freedom given that i am not allowing my life to be ruled by an imaginary friend.

    Stop repeating what your pastor tells you on sundays. Thanks.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. eric

    Running and screaming? FRUITCAKES!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The running and screaming is what clued you in to the fruit-cake factor?

      September 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. zulu

    yea...for gays being only a few percentage of the population ...ya'll sure take a lot of "news" time.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chrs m

    "You have chosen Hell over Heaven quite literally. You have sold your namesake for nothing. That is no one's fault but your own."

    Religion is f ucking stupid

    September 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Yes it is.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joker429

    This is sick! A dog collar???

    September 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw


      September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. ArtInChicago

    That must have been some storm.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    There seems to be a fruitcake that is reporting a lot of abuse on this blog-like-thing. Maybe if he wasn't doing blow with men in a hot tub, he would have something more valuble to do with his life.

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