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. Alxx

    I used to live with Dex.. He was cool till he started over doing it with drugs an drinking

    September 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aynsley Dunbar

    "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend..." His very, very, very close friend.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Been there, done that

    Did he have a "Dirty Sanchez" too?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Semiahmoo

    Wow, sad story. This guy has probably thrown his career and life away.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Been there, done that

    I'll bet the hot tub looked like somebody dumped a bucket of Elmer's glue in it.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scottaw


    September 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Been there, done that

    Did he need his stomach pumped in the morning?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Been there, done that

    Wow, manspackle stew!

    September 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. momojoforu!

    Just say no to drugs and MEN!

    September 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ned Beatty

    Arkansas sounds worse than Georgia!

    September 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • gabluefox

      Well, DUH! Look at the things that come from there! Sam's, Wal-Mart, and the Clintons!
      Georgia, the World of Coca-Cola and the World's Largest Aquarium. Much better!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormy

      @gabluefox – I live in Arkansas, and i take your comment highly offensive. Sam's, and Wal-Mart are awesome stores here. . .The Clintons, well, i wish i could say i voted for him, but i didn't. . . Can't stand the Clinton's. Anyway, if you've never lived in Arkansas, don't go dissin us! We Are NOT a bad state. . . I'm sure crap like this happens in Georgia

      September 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Never fails

      @Stormy, you just did what each and every other Arkansas native does when your state gets pooed on. You all think you are the best state and the best people and have the best team (Go Razorbacks- pfft). The state is beautiful, I'll give it that, but the people from there are NUTS! Texas gets dissed all the time, but ya know what? We don't give a chit cuz we know we are awesome. We don't need to argue about it to prove our worth.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • eg

      well said i like ARK~!!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoneYa

      The only difference is that in Georgia, sheep or some other farm animal would be involved.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. slapnutz


    September 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Is that hitting bottom?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr_funny

    "The police probe the death of an Arkansas man..." really? these comments made my day. Can't they choose headlines a bit better. It's all one big joke haha

    September 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    A reporter in Oklahoma kept his job (though he was demoted from anchor to reporter) after driving drunk, mowing over a mailbox, hitting a tree, and then crapping his pants while asking the police to keep it quiet. Not saying this is the same, just saying it isn't necessarily a career-ender. Unless of course the guy is found to be responsible for the death.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angus001

      ... But if he were responsible for the drowning death of his lover then he would be elected a Massachusetts Senator.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hansnfranz

    This is exactly why I don't party with weathermen anymore. Al Roker once coaxed me into drinking Draino and Red Bull and riding a sybian....

    September 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie Couric

      You too?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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