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. Ryan

    Kids, please don't make the choice to drink and do drugs. This is just another example of the outcome. I wonder if they will be charged and arrested.

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

    I think those guys might have been gay. Now I guess we'll never know.

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

    Let's all have a gay and lesbian parade! Anderson Cooper says he's up for it!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Gee, somewhere I remember someone saying "judge not lest ye be judged." Not sure where. You could look it up.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Maurice

    Well, a whole night of being the bottom, and he ended up dead on the bottom. So the Weatherman gets a new nickname, Sauron, you know The LORD of the RINGs.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Its best to be bottom on dry land...apparently.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mo Hamhead

    I agree.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen Daedalus

    Wow... you are one crazy dude.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. mettle69

    Your god hates gingers.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Judy

    Well, there went the life of the party.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. T3chsupport

    If this guy is frequently on television... why did they use THIS crappy picture?

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

      gives you that hazy "dude where's my weather map" feel

      September 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Willowspring

      Does it matter?

      September 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • alexash

      funny guy, juceman

      September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. livinlife420

    you are an idiot

    September 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. markus

    Why is it always the weathermen who are the out-of-control ones at these local stations? I think most of them are hopped up on something out here in L.A.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • George Carlin

      They all want to be like the Hippy Dippy Weatherman.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Willowspring

      I thought most of LA is hopped up, not just the weathermen.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. keepthebull

    A respected meteorologist. Hearts go out to family & friends, No arrests been made, A DEATH involving DRUGS, and every body lives happily ever after to tell the tale...It makes me wonder what the heck is everyone smoking this days!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DFLefty

      The dead guy did not live happily ever after; they weren't smoking, they were snorting.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ItSJustMe

      something that you are NOT

      September 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mason

    As Americans... we still have the right to dislike Fudge-packers. No left wing libreal law can change how someone feels.

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

    That house will never sell, unless you replace the carpet.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • keepthebull

      Throw in the collar and make a museum out of it. Gotta cut your loses man!

      September 8, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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