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. matt

    Yeah you know the guy was into some HOT science there lol.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ronald Raygun

    this the movie hangover, but the unfunny version

    September 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kayaker247

    $5 says a meteorologist job opens up in arkansas soon.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • moneymike

      LOLOLOLOL

      September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. clearfog

    I wonder if he is going to lose his job.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • too much ,too much

      as long as he gets' the weather right....let the man work......stressful job the foreskin castin stuff......bad on the ole ticker..

      September 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MagickalMerlyn777

    That's freaky! I wonder if his favorite song is 'It's Raining Men'?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I thought this kind of sh!t only happened on the "Jersey Shore".

    @too much, too much:

    Okay, that made me laugh out loud!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    @Steph; yeah this would more accurately reflect something that would happen in San Francisco or New York.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Or Arkansas...

      September 8, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. HeisGod

    Any one with a last name like the weather man....don't drink and do drugs with your male buddies.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George

    He won't be on the air because of the death of a friend?? How about he won't be on the air period.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      I liked that, too. I'd like to see how sheepish he would look if he ever came back to do a weather report. EVERYONE KNOWS. When you're in TV, image is part of your job. This is a career ender - at least in that town.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny Gigantic

    And we are sure Dominick Strauss Kahn is back in France, right?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HeIsGod

    I liked the "chain around the neck" touch.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Isn't nudity in a hot tub a NORMAL behavior? Come on folks, a guy dies today...who cares if he was straight, gay, bi or anywhere in-between? Let's not blame anyone yet.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalTek

      well maybe for some but not with me. It is normal with the girls not my buddies (guys). Beer – yes, drugs – no....and a chain?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • CelticHunter7

      You can tell who the G A Y men are on wall street. They are the ones without underwear.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • AuggieDoggy

      The dog collar chain thing is something for the kids to see, tells them about the acceptable and normal thing.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Steph, look up the definition of sarcasm. Thank you.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. backwoods bob

    and yall thought we didn't get freaky in Arkansas.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kachoto

      Bill Clinton has been my inspiration ever since!

      September 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Maybe they was all cousins...

      September 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HeIsGod

    More like:

    " "I liked the "chain around the neck" and "in the tub"....touch."

    September 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichB in PS

      with blood and water in tub ...

      September 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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