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. WhatHappenedtoDecency

    Two human beings are dead. I am appalled at the lack of sympathy and gross disregard for life. Shame on all of you.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolalolito

      just one...

      September 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Racists much

      I'm appalled at your math

      September 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Snow

      Your reading comprehension is lacking... nowhere does it state that "TWO human beings are dead"

      September 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freddieboy

      You have to admit that they might have brought a little bit of this on themselves. Snorting drugs, drinking, games that involved chains around the neck while in a hot tub? It's more than a little bizarre.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      I am appalled by the way these two freaks were found in the hot tub. How do you like them apples?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap

      are you counting the he as one and his she as the other?
      Gay people are now 2 people?

      September 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chance

    Mmm 5 day outlook cloudy with a chance of jail time

    September 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd


      September 8, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • CelticHunter7

      Cloudy with a chance of meat ba lls.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. dude........

    dude, i get my weather from that guy. that was not in the seven day outlook.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    A very sad situation

    September 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    A very sad situation.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    No wonder television news is so goofy.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    With a name glorifying HeIsGod, you should be the last one to make snarky remarks and innuendos about the dude's name.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Dude

    Forecas........30% chance of prison showers!!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RayJacksonMS

    The home owner name is Barbour. The big ole republican governor of Mississippi is Haley Barbour. Arkansas and Mississippi are neighbors. Someone needs to look into whether this guy is related to the governor.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mmmmm

    ...drugging and drinking into oblivion...so who let the forensic evidence in the water drained out of the tub?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @the Dude: you mean golden showers!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dennis

    bet that guy is under the weather.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    So what if he does? Everybody has a person like that in their family, whether they acknowledge it or not.
    And if they refuse to acknowledge it, it's probably *them*!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Denny

    I am appalled by most of you people's lack of sympathy! A human being just lost thier life and you guys are sitting here not really caring at all!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • MedicMax

      That human being lost their life due to drugs and alcohol poor decision making. I'm with most of the other people here, why should I care, because this guy obviously didn't care about his life either.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      People die every second of every day. Everyone would be an emotional wreck if we mourned every passing human.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      sounds like a gay S&M party. as far as PC comments, I seem to recall the first time me and many of my friends tried drugs as a kid, it was a friends gay uncle that supplied them to all of us. Cocaine being one of the things he gave her. Not only did she wind up in rehab but some of the other people he gave stuff to died as a result of it later in life, because they couldn't shake the addiction.No reason to be sensitive towards people like that...

      September 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Give me a break. This meteoroligist was getting his freak on with two other men while abusing narcotics and drinking heavily. His lifestyle is known around Little Rock and don't be naive and think the deceased was innocently tricked into going there that night, his lifestyle was the same. They chose that way of life and this time the piper came calling.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    interesting LGTB movements...I wonder how this horrific occurence would impact the cause?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Why should it impact CIVIL RIGHTS? Should we deny a group of US citizens their rights because of one idiot who was boozing and taking drugs?
      If so, the entire nation would have no rights whatsoever.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • DickR

      Hmmm...We all need to ponder this thought for a moment... OK DONE! Now...WHUT? How will this individual, private-gone-public, awful-but-funny-in-a-mean-way incident affect the LGBT movement? Maybe about as much as your average straight suburban hot tub 3-way OD affects Hetero civil rights every day?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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