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. DeeNYC

    What drugs have you been snorting. You responding to a completely different article or something?

    September 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. sunny41

    The word "y'all" refers to "you all." I'm so tired of seeing "ya'll." Also sick of seeing "lose" and "loose" confused. Is it really that hard? These are basics of spelling and punctuation learned in school. Everyone makes typos, but these mistakes are really annoying.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mimi

      You must be a Yankee.

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

      Then don't move to the South, or YA'LL will get your butt whooped!

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

      Thank the education system in America. Our public schools at their best.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      how about there, they're, and their – two too and to?

      September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sardukar

      the grammar Nazi is out..

      September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I didn't realize y'all was an actual word...

      September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Spell Check

      "Its" vs "it's"
      "your" vs "you're"

      September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • agonyflips

      Hey sunny41 Give them a break. The copy editors CNN hires in India speak English not American and it's probably a second language too. If you think you can do better than and can live off $5 dollars a day send in your resume but don't lose your cool over it.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • agonyflips

      * than

      September 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ledzeppelinsux

      Using the word 'actually'.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Maryann

    I am now 10% dumber from reading your post.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mimi

    It's a shame that in today's world, with the economy the way it is, that the home owner now has to get a new hot tub and new carpet. Bless him.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. keepthebull

    At least he went with a smile on his face and a brand new collar. Kudos to the Poooolice for not taking any prisoners.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ward Cleaver

    Naked, gay and high is no way to go through life son.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ward so damn funny

      Ward, you so damn funny! you made me snort out loud at work. Nicely done, sir.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnson

      lol...i love it

      September 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. SightSeer


    September 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jealous Much

    omg u r nuts.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hank

    What's gay about taking drugs, getting nude with a buddy, putting a dog chain around his neck, and jumping in a hot tub?

    If that's wrong. I don't want to be right.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Willowspring

    The only people to blame for the drugs in America are the users. A simple case of supply and demand.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. cindy


    September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. gbouy

    Cmon,...they were just weathering the storm together. thats what friends do right?

    September 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    Most people who made it through the fifth grade are aware of the uselessness of diversity. It simply exists and will always exist, but it has no actual value.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. mocha moore

    NO WONDER meteorologists can't predict the weather. It also sounds like a real gay scene to me.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ward Cleaver

    Oh please! Who among us hasn't been jolted out of a drug-induced, alchoholic stupor to find a dead, naked man wearing a dog collar beside you in a hot tub?! Come on you bunch of hypocrites!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      Yeah.. like just last night I was ...
      Ya know... sheeet happens man..

      September 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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