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. Sportfan

    Hey Folks, it's our Socail Media education. Nobody has to spell anymore. It;s all these OMG's and LMAO stuff.
    Nobody get r espec tbecuase we don;t have to face anyone anymore. Just type out some tweet and le the goodtimes roll. Who needs to spell when you can tweet or twitter? A TV weather guy in Arkanasas. Who cares?? Still can;t beat J Edgar Hoover: Pretty in Pink

    September 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ward Cleaver

      Roses are red, violets are blue. I have a split personality and so do I.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. mikel

    Weekend at Bernies!!!!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig Livingstone

      Nailed it!

      September 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sallie

    Well, his career is over.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Miami Mike

    Yeah and gay people are the only group that take drugs and overdose. What kind of stupid and hateful comment was that? Can you see the keyboard through those white sheets you're wearing?

    September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    What's with all the judgmentalism and stone-throwing. Come on, like you've never snorted too much coke and poppers in a hot tub and ended up sleeping on top of your dead friend.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. VnVtrn

    W O W ! ! !

    September 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jeff

    a few beers, snort some meth, and end up naked in a hot tub with another naked man. I hate when that happens..........

    September 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Craig Livingstone


    Probably Baptists, too. Bring back Clinton and Monica.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fryin'fish


    September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kelly

    Arkansas? Isn't that America's heartland? This sounds like a story out of San Francisco or another major metro area, not Arkansas...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. No Headroom

    New collar get caught in hot Tub bottom drain? Communin's underwater biology gone wrong.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beasterdamas

    Humankind...Isn't life awesome enough to go through life without being in a complete fog...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dennis

    I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BubbaBigDick

    Let's look at your statements one at a time. No reason to take off shoes – are you forgetting the idiot who attempted to set off a shoe bomb a couple of years ago? Pat downs of children – terrorists have no qualms about using children to hide explosives, ask any Vietnam vet about that. backscatter machines – they show nothing more than a silhouette. Most of the women complaining about those machines think nothing of going out in public in bikinis that have a total of three square inches of material. Do you fail to see the irony??

    September 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      What the heck are you BABBLING about?

      September 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betsy Hill

      You may be the dumbest citizen in a country full of idiots. I thought everyone understood that our security measures act as public reassurance that we are working hard to "protect the homeland". As someone with four college friends who hold mid-level to high positions in the FBI, I can assure that NO ONE thinks that our public window dressing will ever prevent another attack. The work is done WAY behind the scenes....and, even then, there are no guarantees...grow up, Goober.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Miami Mike

    I'm disgusted by the comments on here after someone has lost their life. How many stones everyone is picking up to throw like they are so innocent. I'm convinced this country is doomed to collapse from the sheer stupidity and hypocrisy within its borders.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Don't assume everyone are drunken, drug-abusing creeps like them.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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