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. octopuss

    Is it true that there are some people posting here who unable to comprehend the meaning of the "Reply" link?

    September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeasayer

      I just used the reply link.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    Drugs are bad, mmkay.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago3605

      Epic lol

      September 9, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • laughingoutloud

      double lol

      September 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WmBlackstone

    Wait, but isn't Arkansas part of the Bible Belt? Or did the pants just come off by miracle?

    September 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Arkansas is probably more liberal than many northeastern state, minus NY. They're the only state in the bible belt with a Democratic governor. Clinton was from Arkansas. Arkansas is like the California of the south. They have a huge military population, and Wal Mart and JC Penny kind of do business every where, so that state is not like it was many yrs ago, it's probably economically more diverse than a lot of traditional progressive states, like Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania.. it's still the south, don't get me wrong, but for the south, they're probably the most diverse, even more so right now than Florida, who has that crazy guy Jeb Scott as governor, a guy who actually turned down free money to build high speed rail in his state..LOL..

      September 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 8andSkate

    Hot Tub Hurricane Turns Deadly! Tonight at 11!

    September 9, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. gardenlobster


    September 9, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Larz R

      Seriously.... there are no words...

      September 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Molly

    It's so sad that some is deceased and people are making such disrespectful comments. We may never know the truth about what happens the fact still remain that there is a family morning the loss. Be kind and show a little compassion. We are all God's children.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. San Jose male

    Come on CNN you made the headline sound like he was found in a bath tub not a hot tub. Very misleading.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AntiPalinAlaskan

      Yeah. There's no reason to imply that personal hygiene was involved in this.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. F

    Apparently you don't read your bible very often. The NT is pretty clear about grace and second chances for sinners, and severe punishment for religious types who use their morality as an excuse to hate others. God hates haters. You're in trouble, look it up for yourself.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Voice of Reason

    Dog collar - $9.00
    KY - 6.50
    Carpet Cleaner - 4.95
    Waking up with a dead guy in an empty bathtub wearing the dog collar ... priceless.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AntiPalinAlaskan

      You've just turned this into the worst Mastercard ad of all time.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Todd Gack

    Now that's a party.

    I bet the meterologist hopes this will just "blow over"

    September 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Todd Gack

    the victim's family says the deceased was "easily influenced". No kidding, the guy was wearing a dog collar around his neck.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Todd Gack

    This was going to be a combined followup to both the Hangover and Anchorman called Hangover II: Meteorologists Gone Wild and they were test marketing the plot in Arkansas when things got out of hand. True story. Ask Billy Bob Thornton.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. longjohn

    u know u like it!

    September 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chappy

    Mourning his friend? I'd bet my next paycheck he didnt know his name.

    September 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sangwan


    September 11, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
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