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. @Mmmmm

    Um, I don't think this would impact it much at all...much to your dismay, I'm sure....given wha( a lovely person you're not....

    September 8, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      oh yeah, it impacted, the police was summoned, community is outraged, and someone died.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh yeah, the family members will be looking for answers.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeepers

    Sounds like somebody forgot the safe word.

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

      +1 lol

      September 8, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp


      Maybe "Drain the Tub" was the safe phrase but the weather dude forgot...

      September 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      could have just been "Drowned Out" (get the pun?) in the clash of all the other noises in the room... Bathrooms are notoriously busy places in gay households... hairdryers, explosive evacuations, personal rectal hygene products popping, barking humans.... Completely understandable!

      September 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Condolences to the family of Dexter Williams.

    I'm so very sorry that he died in a way that will overshadow anything worthwhile he may have done in life.


    September 8, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. augie

    Hot tub time machine?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Haaaaaa

      No sign of the Russian energy drink...

      September 8, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    My thoughts exactly!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wzrd1

    Thank you for illustrating for us what happens when you stop taking your lithium.
    Now, go take it!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tim James

    what was the chain for again?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ejay

      it's for the freaky part of the evening after snorting a fat line of coke.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      Prolly for when they play 'screw the pooch'

      September 8, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • CelticHunter7

      The chain was connected to the drain plug, in case they drowned. Problem was they were so drunk and high, dog collar guy got the heebe jeebes and ripped the plug off causing the water to drain out. Then he died from cardiac arrest.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      lol @ Bugmonet!!! nice!

      September 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wzrd1

    Well, Fred. You have just justified those programs, with your suggestion of vigilante summary execution of your fellow citizen and law enforcement officer.
    Have no fear, the DHS monitors these forums and their logs, noting time, IP and other information from each and every post.
    Welcome to the watch lists.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. El Jeffe

    Regardless of all the banal comments here, sounds like a bad way to go, and tragic for those left behind. I pity the souls, including the dead who probably was not planning on dying. All the other snide comments just show off the class of those commenting. Most people can't point fingers logically – most everyone takes some kind of drug (legal or not), and has various other vices they either do or think about doing. None of those has anything to do with treating the death and the loss felt by the living – that is just simple caring for other human beings. Try to act right folks.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      How much you want to bet this dog collar will have been tight enough to choke this guy to death after he passed out (erotic asphyxiation)? Just saying. The guy in the tub probably passed out after his 'friend' did and as a result his 'friend' choked to death, the result of excess alcohol and narcotic abuse.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. sheila

    What a creepy weatherman.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • CelticHunter7

      He should have waited until the week before Halloween before pulling this stunt. Then at least it would have gotten a higher TV rating. Hollywood would think he was brilliant and given him his own reality show instead of the crappy weather job the smuck had.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. True

    Very True!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. ejay

    were they naked in the empty hot tub together? if so that weatherman is one freaky dude.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. OneFai

    Well, all of them are just your typical "married straight men." Before you try to bad mouth the LBGT community, you should take a look at your fellow "good standing citizens."

    September 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Josh

    His death can be caused by being paralyzed. Certain drugs are supposed to function at normal body temperature. However, if alcohol and exterior heating is a factor, the immanent cause will be death after paralysis. The drugs can act up causing the body to go into shock, the hot tub could have fueled the drugs inside his body while the alcohol thins his blood.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    Lets see .. three guys, a hot tub, drinking, drugs so powerful they wipe memory (supposedly), and a dog collar. And of course the story will be nothing was going on officer, honest. The most daming evidence is the hot tub drained of water, and police find blood pooling around the bodies head. It will be interesting to see if any blood volume is missing implying he bleed into water as the tub was drained, as opposed to a wound after the tub was empty. Why do I keep thinking this sounds like a good CSI for any of those shows on TV?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Colonel Mustard, Lead Pipe, Hot Tub???

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