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. RillyKewl

    that is one weird story.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jjh

    Not a great career move.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • LS

      Recoverable though...just look up Richard Quest...CNN's very own.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Dunnebacke

    Was the Weatherman naked as well???

    September 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fondue

    No, not funny at all. If you think somebody dying is funny, you are obviously a very disturbed individual.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill Duke

    Sounds like he's well qualified to be a democrat congressman

    September 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy


      September 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiff

      And yet, it's the anti-gay Republican politicos who are most often caught diddling with other men...

      September 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke Bill

      If I'm not mistaken the Dems get in trouble with woman, the repubs get in trouble with young men while their pants are down.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramona Smith

      No Bill, it sounds like teapartiers to me.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jennyy

    oh come on, i am sure arkcanass can use one less peter puffer

    September 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cat

    This is why you can't trust the news media anymore.
    " the report said. "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend. "
    No, Brett won't be on the air because he was found with a dead boy toy in his hot tub and has some 'splaining to do to the po po!

    September 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david

    nice CNN.. way to stoop to the level of the National Enquirer

    September 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MeanBoxer

    It sounds like a good time was had by all....up until the one died, that is...But he died with a smile on his face and a dog collar on his neck..Can it get any better than that???

    September 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dt

    Certainly a sensational story – it has all the elements of a soap opera. A lot of the facts are missing however and some things are just plain wrong (dog collar for instance). Condolences to the deceased man's family.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoSoundTaste

    Hot Tub Time Machine

    September 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tiffany

    Well there goes his career. Down the drain...and not literally(since a hot tub was involved.)

    September 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. susan

    I think this headline would have been much less misleading if it had accurately stated hot tub, not tub.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. onefeather

    The statement by RICH, well said.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MrRules

    Wow! Reading through these comments I forget at times how under educated and thoughtless the American public is. Thanks for reminding me that there is such a large population in this country that is truly the great unwashed of society. May I continue to avoid you at all costs.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      It would be such a horrible thing to experience. It is so awful that I just don't get where the macabre humor is coming from.
      I feel really sorry for all of them. Though I would say it is a fine moment to speak out against the use of drugs – though I do understand that the detached 'meaninglessness' of contemporary society can certainly leave one vulnerable to experimenting with harmful things in an effort to feel something.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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