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. MadCityBabe

    I feel sorry that he lost his friend

    September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yakobi.

    Boy, you can't make this stuff up. Sadly, probably not the weirdest newsman-caught-in-compromising-position story. We've had our share in San Diego.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    Gays are twice as likely to be drug addicts compared to the hetero population. Blame it on whatever you want, it's a fact.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Damian

    This is an isolated incident and not indicative of behavior of all gays. Think about it if some straight celebrity od's does that mean all Celebs have drug problems? does it mean all straight people have drug problems? NO!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AuggieDoggy

    Perfectly normal behavior. Isn't that what we tell the kids now? Yepper, this is AOK

    September 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chelsea12

    Why couldn't you say "hot tub" in the headline? You made in sound as though it was a bath tub. Guess I'll never learn to NOT take your headlines at face value.

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

      It was a whirlpool tub in the bathroom.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      No kiddin!! i thought the same, what the hell is a dude doing sleeping in a tub with another dead man.. now that sounded crazy! idiots...

      September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ward Cleaver

    Listen, the first time you wake up with a bad hangover next to a naked dead guy wearing a dog collar...it's pretty scary stuff. The second time freaks you out a little but honestly, by the third time you just roll them off, glance at the watch and get moving...know what I'm sayin?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andie

      I LOVED THIS COMMENT. Well done, sir.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    too me this sounds more like three jacka$$es getting too drunk to survive their stupidity .. you know, 99% of the readers here are even less smart than that ... so, hey ... what can you expect ... of course, I am among the few who are smarter 😉 no need to explain that right?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Considering you lack command of the English language I highly doubt you're one of the "smarter" ones that post on this board. If you're as smart as you think you are I'm hoping that English is your second language.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Aleck

      Paul, you're so smart! So smart that you misspelled the first word. If in fact you are in the top 1%, then we are certainly doomed as a species.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Booshieone

    The point is that someone lost their lives. Whatever happened, it sounds like it was premeditated. It just blows me away how iinsensitive some people can be.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      Seriously Booshieone? This sounds "premeditated" to you?

      September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoRob

      you do know premeditated means planned right?

      September 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IndyJim

    Is this a true story, or the plot for Hangover 3 (in 3D)?

    Seriously, anyone, anyone?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steven

    Stop using "gays" as a scapegoat to justify what you believe is right and wrong. Here is an interesting fact for you; from the 1700s to the early 1900s (and even up to today for some uneducated Americans) – people did the same thing when it came to African Americans – used them as someone to blame for their problems to justify/strengthen their own and others personal beliefs. You're doing the same thing with gays today – you're just a modern age "racist" / bigot.

    I could post thousands of links that will show straight men and women that abuse drugs and engage in criminal behavior. Those same men and women could have adopted a child prior to their criminal acts just the same as someone who is gay.

    Stop trying to label an entire group based off of the actions of a couple. You're just the same as the uneducated morons who think all Muslims are terrorists because of a very small percentage out of the BILLIONS of peaceful Muslims were involved in 9-11.

    You're a sad person and I feel sorry for you; you're the type of person who is unable to see the humanity in anyone that doesn't align to your own beliefs. I hope one day you realize you're no better than the people you judge. I hope one day you see that you're not perfect and that you have closed off your mind so much that you can't find the change that is needed to be happy..

    September 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. xxartemisxx

    A dead guy after a night of heavy drinking and drugs? Next story...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Spaceman

    I feel a cold front coming in from the HR dept at the station..............

    September 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mmmmm

    A deviant, evil, sinful, immoral, crimminal high-risk behavior has been promoted politically as a lawful alternative healthy normal lifestyle. Has the people of Arkansas, its police, its coroner, and DA been convinced?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Aleck

      Aww, c'mon. No need to be so judgmental. I think it's remarkable how progressive Arkansas has become.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HotTubDeathMachine

    Job Opening!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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