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. Lost

    This story should've been retracted to protect the privacy of the newsman...and his friend.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Holly

    You people are jerks. If this would have happened to a straight man who wasn't in the news NONE of these gruesome details would be published! I have a journalism degree and I'm disappointed in this journalist. Where are the ETHICS here? And Mr. Williams was not wearing a "dog collar." It was jewelry he wore on a regular basis. Have some sensitivity people for the family of the deceased! This is a tragedy from DRUGS and BAD journalism.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      For someone in journalism, you don't seem to understand American news much. If they were straight, they certainly would have published the same story. "Woman found dead in tub next to sleeping man" would certainly be in the news. And since people seem to really care about celebrities, to the point where there are whole news organizations focusing on articles about what shoes a celeb was wearing last weekend, this certainly fits the category of what is considered newsworth. Lastly, there is a bit of a moral to this story too - it is a lesson about drugs and partying. News with a lesson is the best sort of news.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      How do you know what he was wearing?...Hmmmm?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeGentleToAllPpl

      It sounds as if you knew Dexter Williams personally. If so, I am sorry for your loss.

      I certainly can see you taking offense at some of these comments posted here. However, even with a straight couple it would be news in American. The particular combination of drugs which is at the least a causative agent of the death of Mr. Williams, the fact the hot tub was emptied of water, the highly visible profession of the weatherman and the pooling of blood around the body the next morning all would cause this to be in the news.

      If you think I am wrong, consider the case of the alleged suicide of Rebecca Zahau, aged 32 (according to Reuters) who was straight. They are still working that case.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WilliamS

    Looks like the 5 day forecast is calling for screwed.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brickell Princess

    Yet, according to dirty hippies drugs should be legalized!

    September 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Been there, done that

    Just goes to show that underwater head can kill you.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JPX

    Natural selection.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. U.S.Army-OverLord

    OK what is up with the chain. Did this guy go all david carradine on us or what. LOL

    September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sherissa

    I am 100% certain that Williams family and friends would be mortified with the cruel, demeaning comments posted on here. Have some consideration, please.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      oh who cares

      September 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Like they're going to come here to read them, right.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheronga

      LOL feelings on the internet.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherissa

      Actually, they are on here reading them, you fool. People are supposed to have feelings, but then again there are always those few with cold hearts.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Of all the ways to sashay off this planet, being found naked, wearing a dog collar and lying next to another dude has got to be one of the worst.

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

      That's gonna be Barney Frank one day

      September 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      True indeed 😉

      September 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. So the water is supposed to bubble

    Wow! The headline suggested that there was something really creepy going on. I was actually relieved to learn that the weatherguy wasn't into any of that weird stuff.

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

      or was he?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Meat Helmet

    I can't stand it when severly deviant behavior goes awry. Oddly enough it comes with the territory but it still gives a bad name to the rest of us who practice our defiantly abnormal and frequently disgusting behaviors with a bit more care.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • D


      September 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?


      September 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roman Soldier Helmet

      I can't agree enough Meat Helmet. What are you doing later?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      Hear hear! Well said.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jesor

    You sure he wasn't a weatherman....sounds like a congressman to me

    September 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    How come all meteorologists are gay?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      How come all meteorologists are gay?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Too easy really.....

      September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Who said these fellas were gay?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      LMAO!!! Best post on the tread...

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

    I think it's a shame that this sort of thing even makes it to the media. Was it really worth reporting as news or just entertainment value. Really, is this something the world needs to know?

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