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. 911insidejobber

    Didn't president Bush and John Kerry do this at Skull and Bones?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Beefburger

    Wow, wild party times in Arkansas. I see now that Bill Clinton was just a product of his surroundings. I guess this is where the "Old" Las Vegas moved to after Vegas turned "family oriented".

    September 8, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Laguna GG

    It's a good thing the tub was drained before morning, or this weather man might have found himself in hot water!

    September 8, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Crater


      September 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Why is this national news?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      All news is local you moron.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • intothefire

      uhmmmmm all news is not local. that just doesnt make any sense. german news is not local. sooooo what are u talking about?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ascended

      German news is local in Germany...

      September 8, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • davetheneighbor

      Because you, I, and the others read it and we're not from Arkansas.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rotohead

      The reason this story is related to Germany is because all the Germans are hiding in their hot tubs trying to avoid picking up the dinner checks for the Greeks. Moreover, the pills were made by a German manufacturer and were particularly well designed for fast action.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe B-b-b-b-bob

    Was any Crisco found nearby? Maybe they were trying to deep fry themselves.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ya No

    Fred: Started writing a response.....mind if I just reference yours? Spot on. Domestic spying isn't a slippery slope, it's a cliff.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ya No

    Sounded like consenting adults. This consenting adult doesn't need, or want, big brother filming my bathtub, my hot tub, or anything else in my personal life.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeromechainc

      Why? What are you hiding?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. kabuli

    What did Lyndon Johnson say you never want to get caught in bed with a dead woman or a live man, or . . .?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It is a Huey Long comment out of Louisiana

      September 8, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryant Gumble

      It was neither FDR nor Long. It was Edwin Edwards in his race against David Duke for the governorship of Louisiana. The exact quote was, "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

      September 8, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Turkster

    Hot tubs don't kill people, people in hot tubs kill people!

    September 8, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. BlackYowe

    I think this guy needs to leave the south, I do not think he has a future as a meteorologist there any more.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe B-b-b-b-bob

      Marcus Bachman has offerred him a job as his pool maintenance man.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ CNN:
    Please give us a lot more stories like this, and a lot less PR for Obama and the Democrats.
    Republicans are now making more and more sense to me.
    We need a lot of hot-tub fun and games.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. patcee

    It's obvious the guy was high and fell in the empty hot tub. I can figure that out without secret video.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • davetheneighbor

      Not so fast. His friend forecasted rain to fill that tub up (but he was on nose snow at the time).

      September 8, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I may have missed this point in the story, but did they say what color the dog collar was?
    Was it leather?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. k smith

    this is the sound of your career vanishing. possible matching bracelets to follow.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Autumn

    I'm so glad I'm from the North.....I can really understand people here and some of the people on this page shouldn't even be on the computer until they can learn how to talk. I agree with Steve Stay classy Arkansas. Ok this man was a T.V. person who may be gay or doing drugs and drinking we have so many people in this world doing the same thing every day Get a life people I was falling asleep from all the dumb stuff being said.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Oh, it's just TOO easy...

      September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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