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. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman )

    IT'S LIKE "the hangover 3"

    September 8, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. joey

    you cant make this stuff up !

    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    so it is a civil right for three men in a tub to engage in illicit behavior?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      Hahaha...define "illicit behavior" in the context of the "human Condition". Some people feel as it's perfectly acceptable and just to behead a man for drawing a cartoon. So who am I to judge what 3 men do in a hot-tub?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      @Prometheus: a man died and some has said its a civil right.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • DoubleW

      Rub a dub-dub
      Three men in a tub,
      And who do ye think they be?
      A boozy dope-taker, a pre-diction maker,
      and a dog-collar wearer was three!

      September 8, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. dan

    OH COME ON! they were straight! lots of straight guys hang out together naked drinking and snorting in a hot tub while making some guy wear a dog collar... oh wait...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jesor

      Maybe they were reliving their fraternity days....oh wait

      September 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • paintpaintpaint

      Let's embarrass the families more, OK? Go ahead. You start.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pertnear

      too damn funny.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why do you assume anyone made the dead guy wear the collar? Maybe he wanted to wear it, asked to wear it, even begged to wear it. Heck, for all you know, the whole evening may have been his idea.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • crusader12

      that sounds like hot dripping night, wish i could have been in on that action...lol

      September 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave


      September 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I thought that was defined by the term "casual friday". I supposed I'm just confused.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Exactly

      HAHAHAHA!!! Naked. Two men. Drugs. Hot tub. Nothing like a good buzz going and a naked man to enjoy it with!! HAHA!

      September 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    El Jeffe, we are commenting about this in such a way because it was presented to us in this way.
    What do you want us to do? Sit around and sing "Kumbaiya"?
    You passing judgment on us is just as bad as what you are accusing us of.
    Step off your high horse; you clicked on this thread because you had the same wth reaction we all did.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • joey

      exactly, thank you !

      September 8, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fox Mulder

    What is this I don't even

    September 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. joey

    rub a dub, dub !!!

    here boy, here boy !

    September 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    As long as no one gets hurt, Mmmmm...oh, wait. Never mind.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Moronically innovative statue banasy, a legal, civic right til someone gets hurt. Oh wait...and when someone's dead?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm

    I'm not dismayed @, it was the meterologist who vomited.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. @Mmmmm

    Are you speaking as the LGTB spokesperson? And I'm sure the family members already know....you are a piece of work! You were laughing your ass off yesterday at the people who got shot at the IHOP, but you're claiming the moral high ground today? Hypocrite.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Slap


    September 8, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jkhn

    Weirdest story ever. Unfortunately this guy will never work in his field again. Even if it wasnt his fault.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Roger Ogilivy Thornhill

    Who woulda thought this took place in Arkansas? LOL

    September 8, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rose

    Wow, lots of details there, and names, for a story which isn't all that "news" worthy. Sounds more like juicy gossip about an unfortunate incident. I don't think is kind of story should be allowed. It seems much more damaging than it respecting my "right to know". Next time, CNN, you could be more elegant about it. We don't come here for trash.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Thorn

      "We don't come here for trash."

      Speak for yourself.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • W247

      didn't you realize that CNN has become known for trashy stories now. They have lost the edge on real news as far as I am concerned.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shawn

    Guy drinks alcohol and does drugs while sitting in a tub full of water, and he drowns? No sympathy, whatsoever. Nature's system of weeding out the inferior genes.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
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