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. us1776

    Tomorrow will be good hot tub weather. Bring a friend and a little snow. Just be fair and let them know what they are snorting. And don't let beginners sniff too much.


    September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kay

    I just hope the truth comes out

    September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joestecco

    You think he got the G A Y scared out of him?

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

    @Richard; No some of them like to do gerbiling like the local weatherman here. He actually had to go to the hospital to have one pulled out because it got stuck. Why he wasn't arrested for animal abuse I'll never understand.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    Don't think this is what they mean by the phrase "cowboy up".

    September 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. evoc

    Poor dude.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cured76

    Now that his career as a weatherman appears over, he's perfect to run for congress on a republican anti-gay platform.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    To quote MGMT: This is our decision to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun.

    He knew what he was doing and did not care to consider the risks. That is extremely sad and my heart goes out to his family.


    September 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pertnear

    "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend." And he won't be on the air any more due to his drug and alcohol binge that made national headlines.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. humtake

    Yeah, find out how many deaths occur from "illegal substances" and how many occur from pharmies and this story gives you all the information you need to make an informed decision. (if it turns out to be true, of course)

    September 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Egotripen

    Sad but pretty funny!! It sounds like a remake of the "Hangover" movie but in Arkanas and without an animal LOL. What did we do last night???
    I would be trippin!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crhis R

      That guy knows how to PARTY!

      September 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jc

    why are you showing these people's addresses? don't you think that's a little intrusive? it adds nothing to the story by showing their addresses in the video.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Garry

    JUST an FYI to all you frigging lowlifes who thinks this is funny..it was NOT a dog chain or collar around his neck..it was big necklace that he wore all the time (according to reports that came out later today here in Arkansas).
    You people will laugh and joke about anything on here won't you..sick twisted fools..The anchorman Brett made a mistake..we all do...cept this for some reason made national news. I feel sorry for the family of thr man who died, and sorrier for those of you who think it's cool to crack stupid jokes.....

    September 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yankeescot

      Save the fake sympathy. BTW, your nose is starting to bleed from being on your high horse.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle

      Well I feel for the poor young fellow who died, and that's not being on a "high horse" to have compassion for all concerned. Young people take foolish risks, thus it ever was. I hope that the meteorologist can recover from this trauma.

      There are just a lot of yokels on these message boards. To me it's a sideshow; how idiotic can people get? They always top my expectations. In fact, it fascinates me that these monkeys can even type.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkansas is for the Gay Boys

      Gay much, Gary. I'm sure you do. Probably a catcher. Am I warm?

      September 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Whatsup?

    Just when you think the world can't get any sicker, along comes a story like this.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    Why are you moderating this comment...it's true each one of these guy could be allowed to adopt a child...if you must "mod" something moderate the LIES...!

    September 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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