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.

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  1. Reality1

    Typical gay activities....

    September 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roomie Rob

      Well gee...sorry! We thought it would be safer than your typical "straight" activities; like placing roofies in a girl's drink and dumping her corpse in a body of water after raping and killing her.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AuggieDoggy

    They need to do DNA swabs, locate the sheep and tranny that got out before he woke up.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Deeeetroit

    Sounds like some Frank Adam Geroge activities going on there, and the weatherman still cannot get his forecast right.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lee

    The Hangover 3?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    is he out?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jodeo

    It's not news, it's KARK.com.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • shox

      With that dog-collar having been thrown into the article, perhaps it should be BARK.com

      September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Burbank

    I guess that's the end of his TV career. if he is a real meterologist with a college degree (some of them are not, just talking heads that read the teleprompter report written by genuine meteorologists) he might be able to find weather work off camera, but in a conservative place like AR, he is probably finished due to the scandal.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ward Cleaver

    This very thing happened to me last weekend. Right after we woke up and found our other friend naked, dead and wearing a dog collar we called the police...obviously. It got really quiet in the room while waiting on them to get there. Right before they walked in I looked at my buddy and said....you know...we'll have a good laugh about this someday... well, at least you and I will.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JonjoJr

    Gives you a different meaning to the phrase "The Hangover"

    September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      It's sad, but I'd rather wake up hung over in an empty tub with a dead guy in a dog collar than watch that horrible movie again.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pliny

    I've just been skeeved-out for the rest of the year.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Burbank

    How did the hot tub end up being drained? That's the wierdest part.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • pb

      the toe pulled the plug.!

      September 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ed Sr

    Boy.......this guy must be hard up! Wonder why he can't foretell the weather? He can't even tell when someone is dead!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Burbank

    The least they could have done was use a photo for the article that was in focus. Looks like the interns are at it again! They need to cough up for paid professionals to write these articles for a change.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. svann

    Thats pretty gross. I found a dead possum in the swimming pool once.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. craig pokois

    The headlines is not what happened. Why didn't you just tell the truth. The truth is that you had to lie to get your story out there but now you have totally ruined this mans life. Hope that your proud of your story.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angus001

      Wait a minute... Are you comparing a teaser headline to a public figure waking up naked in a hot tub next to another naked dude wearing a dog collar and chain? Your kidding. Right?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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