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. letmeout

    Someone should start a tabloid that follows and reports on the News Anchors just as they do entetainers. I'm sure many of them have very interesting private lives. Why shouldn't they be treated the same way they treat politicians? Think about it.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jonny

    Wow, Sounds Like they are describing an RNC Fundraiser After Party !

    September 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ziggy

    I think they were drowning their sorrows for getting the forecast of Irene so wrong

    September 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Benny

    Sing it with me!

    How much is that dog collared corpse in the window? (silence)
    The one with the lubed up tail.
    How much is that dog collared corpse in the window? (silence)
    I do hope the weatherman doesn't go to jail

    September 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Regina

      so wrong, yet so funny!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pam

    I feel sorry for Brett, he will lose his career over stuff that isn't our business. Don't pretend you don't wera a collar every once in a while.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barb

    His own team outted him? wow, that's cruel. Maybe it scared him straight!

    September 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      Brett was out and has been for some time. Judging people for what they do in the privacy of their home is something I will never understand. Ignorance, I suppose. Or, maybe religion ... but, what's the difference?

      September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SkyKing

    All those years of career preparation, university, expense, hard work.
    Kiss them good bye now.
    Good luck finding someone now who will hire him to even wash their car!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda Thompson

    Don't let us forget that a man has died and another man has probably lost his career over something that is none of our business. This tragic accident happened in a private home and not in public. How many of us do things in our own homes that we would not want publicized to everyone. Look at the boulder in your own eye before you judge others.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • the1calleddoc84

      Very well put.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Booger

      You are sooo right. Nice dog collar, by the way.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yes, of course, the "boulder" in your eye. If only we would all look at the "boulder" in our own eyes.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      well it becomes our business when law enforcement and the media decide to publicly expose the incident. The good that could come out of that is it might teach a lesson to some people out there . Heavy drinking and party drugs can and does destroy lives and the lives of those around you. If it hasnt yet it catches up to you at some point in some way and in this case very tragic.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • poiuytre

      "boulder" in our eye? what kind of stupid metaphor is that?

      September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Rigsby

      "Remove the log from your own eye" – no boulders are required.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • codude

      the plank....it's look at the plank in your own eye.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Rigsby

      Everyone knows that, in biblical times, logs and planks were interchangeable terms. What are you rockin', the King James? Yeah, I figured...

      September 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chappy

      People passing around drugs that kill people is news, not something that isn't "anyone else's business".

      September 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Booger

    Sleeping on coke. Hmm.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Seederman

    How embarrassing. I hate it when that happens.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TakingABreakFromWork

    Why do we need to know about this? Especially the dog collar? This is a trashy news story.I feel bad for the weatherman. 🙁

    September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Dee

      The headline got your attention enough to read it, right? Everything is news.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight

      What makes you think the weatherman isn't responsible? Because he's gay and threw up?

      September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why, because he's cute?

      September 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bubba

    finally...some good news from cnn

    September 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. m-n-m

    Wow – even in Arkansas – you just have to get your minds off the weather somehow.....sometime........

    September 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ColbyBro07`

    The weatherman is prolly gonna be fired. Lmao.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    They arrived at 8pm, drank and snorted stuff and were asleep 3 hours later? Oxycontin.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • FINALLY!


      September 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      my thoughts as well. I'm trying to figure who in their right mind snorts something without knowing what it is. I mean its their lifestyle choices, but proper precautions should be taken when using, like at least knowing what youre working with. Bah.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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