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. Autumn

    you seem

    September 8, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Autumn

    was this meant to be funny........ 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!

    Get a new job

    September 8, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. jesse

    Yeash... that's gotta be grizzly to wake up to.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Hotness

      I've seen your wife.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe B-b-b-b-bob

      Grisly.

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

    1- Its gotta be SUPER awkward for the weatherman to come to work at the NEWS station after this

    2- When you cant remember what kind of drugs you took, you bought the really good stuff.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hotness

    Where's the punchline?

    September 8, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. yada

    What the.......?

    September 8, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      sounds gay to me

      September 8, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Par For The South

    This is what happens with inbreeding gone wild.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kefa34

      The horse play of abusive language is not mandatory in this room
      That inappropriate behavior is not the Responsiblity of american now
      To educate a man in mind and not in morole is to educate a menace to society
      I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. jim slim

    Today It will be Cold and Chilly to the touch, with a light breeze of dying last breath. Followed by a thunder storm.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Hot Tamale

      @ Slim JimThat is Hilarious!!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. forinfan

    And so begins the premise for Hangover 3, the debauchery noir edition.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Spaceman

    The chap was just a bit under the weather and his host did not help the situation by gobbing !

    September 8, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    My my, you are quite good at making inferences.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    The students at my high school who used to go beat up gays on the weekends could have used that course.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. msmarie

    how long did it take you to make up some bs

    September 8, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. msmarie

    awwwww you saw your sister the end

    September 8, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. yeltzin

    well that's pretty sick, but you know we are only dancing on this earth for a short while and many waste it on mental aspects practiced to condition physical pleasure

    September 8, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason & Logic

      We may dance on this Earth for a short time but we walk through our spiritual world for an eternity.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
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