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. Nunya

    Ok people... If you're going to make a derisive comment about someone else, you should learn to spell first.
    BTW.. there is no such word as "prolly". It's PROBABLY!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight

      Is there such a word as "suck it?"

      September 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    C'mon. He was a weatherman. Hard to believe he could do that and NOT be on drugs. It's not like he is a busdriver or pilot. The other guy obviously took too much or hit his head as it slammed back against the edge in a stupor.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. donner

    Enlightenment is not needed for this story....patience is ...keep your dog in your yard and I will keep mine in mine..

    September 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ruf

    I'm stunned at the graphic nature of this story compared to what is normally posted on CNN.com. Is this journalistic sensationalism out for ratings...or simply a posting mistake? Something's way off, here.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    @Never fails; I'm not from Arkansas, been through there a couple of times-beautiful state. I've also been through Texas a couple of times-nothing there I've lost that I have any desire whatsoever to go back and get.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. usr744

    They were shooting a gay adult film. This sort of stuff happens all the time in San Francisco – it would have never made the news there. Welcome to the home of the free, land of the br-GAY.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Judith

    This will be one for reality TV to exploit. Does anything good ever come out of snorting drugs?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    Poor happy suburban leather guy. It's always the the "friend" of the friend who winds up causing a scene.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. usr744

    I don't think the weather man is going to pass the next random drug test. Fire the pole snorter. He's going to the nut house anyway.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rburns

      Just another useless hogan smoker....
      Hope his station cans his butt

      September 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      The story does not indicate that he suffers from mental illness. Did I not read something?

      September 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • joestecco

      I bet it scared the G a Y right out of him!

      September 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. parfour

    I kid you not, the Little Rock news reported this happened in a house on Village Way. Guess we know who the five prime suspects are...a biker, a cowboy, an Indian chief, another cop, and a construction worker!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      It's fun to stay at the J. A.I. L.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    This is a tragedy in the sense that really they weren't doing anything wrong that any of us hasn't done. Have you drank too much before? Have you ever smoked pot? Have you ever takn a vicodin? Unfortunately this man will NEVER work in TV again. It almost seems as if the MEDIA is targeting their own here? Did he burn a bridge with you cnn.com?

    Here is a news flash. There are A LOT of GAY MEN in the Media. So for this to happen in the gay fashion that it didnt shouldnt shock anyone. It also doesn't make it any less right or wrong just because they are gay. If he was found with a dead woman and 2 other women 90% of this criticism would be going the opposite direction.

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

      Just curious Frank, are you the Cowboy, the Indian or the Police Officer? Just curious...

      September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      He's white, If he doesn't get his show back, he'll make the rounds of talks shows and write a book about it. White criminals like him became celebrities while Black and Hispanic suspects are railroaded off the prison.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Frank, I'm a bit confused. Where does it say that he is gay? And why does that matter? That is not what I got out of the story. Being gay does not bother me. But drinking and drugs to the point of death- now that is an issue.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Liberal Christian

      Other than getting drunk a couple times, I've never done any of those things. Sorry. That may be the norm in your world. But it's not the norm for most people. You make choices. You have to live with them. Some choices are better than others because of the possible consequences. It is what it is.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MackDaddy

    he's got a real purdy little mouth, aint he?

    September 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      what in the heck does that mean?? How does it relate to the story?

      September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      He'll be the bell of the ball with all the good fellows in C Lockup.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crhis R

      @greg – have you no pop culture? Go watch the movie "Deliverance" and the comment will make sense.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ThatGuy

    LOL.. This is to funny

    September 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BushChaineyToHell

    Typical American past-time. This is what most typical American do, so what is new??

    September 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BushChaineyToHell

    This portrays the US moral decadence from supposedly "Christians" to Un-Godly lowest-Level animals. What a shame?

    September 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Ah yes, the "Invisible Being" cult.

      No one takes responsibility for anything – just blame it all on the "Invisible Being".

      September 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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