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.

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  1. angryersmell


    September 8, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. SLIM

    I'm from Memphis, this story broke 2 days ago, CNN,tell the story right and in a timely fasion next time.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. jackson

    Cloudy with a chance of sodomy!!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dexter Williams

    I ain't dead, I'm just sleeping!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Susan

    These religious zealous spouting the scripture for everything that happens really annoy me....usually they are the freaks beating their wives and children along with other evil crimes in the name of God. Get a life already!!! Don't blame God for all the ills of this society...it is man not God that causes this mess.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shecky

    Totally sick.
    I have no sympathy for those pervs.
    Dog collar around neck, drugs, alcohol, hot tub, DEAD. What a lifestyle!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      "I have no sympathy for those pervs."

      Sick is also having no compassion. Welcome to their level.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      They neither want nor need your "sympathy". Gays have the same right to be together as heteros, you idiot.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Why not? Do you not believe adults should be free to make their own choices?

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

      Shecky ='s Kevin Smith's dogs name

      September 8, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. curios (not curious)

    Repentance is for what you did that was bad in the eyes of God. Without the bible, we would have no way of knowing what to repent for...we would be stuck with what 'holy men' told us about God's thoughts on matters like these. This dead gay person has paid his dues...he paid for his sins with his very own life and has a clean-slate with God, who promises to bring him back to life and give him the opportunity to come to know Jesus without the evils of todays world confusing everything. That is when this man will be judged, not now as your idiotic 'holy man' told you.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Shneeky

      Nah, poor kid will dry rot and turn to dust just like the other two and everyone else. The planets will continue to rotate and life will go on just like they never existed. Too bad people like you don't accept that simple concept.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Grey

      The bible is what "holy men' (not God) told us. It is only the word of those men that tells us the words they wrote were those of God. Belive what you believe, but Epicurus circa 300 B.C. got it right, and is the last to do so, with his quote on the gods.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • TXZag

      Huh? What kind of heretical nonsense are you preaching? I can tell you that it's nothing close to what you think it is.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dizard

      Your dumb!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      "Sins"? Maybe to you. The gay person was born that way, and certainly did not just decide to be gay. You have a really twisted outlook re: other people's lives, and I will bet my last dime you're from the SOUTH. The poor dead guy didn't "pay" for anything–he's just dead and gone. Moron.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Don't believe everything y you read in books! all "GOD" had a good publisher period.. birds were her b4 man insects were here b4 man dino's trees grass flowers water air rocks .. science people science! its 2011 not 1800

      September 8, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • sanstheos

      Consenting adults doing stuff consenting adults do. No mythical deities involved, or repentance required by anybody.

      I checked the 10 Commandments looking for guidance on what they should or should not have done. Found some very useful gouge on not coveting my neighbor's oxen or working on Sundays, but nothing specific on wearing dog collars and overdosing in a bathtub while getting my freak on. Dang. What's a guy to do without any specific guidance from the Big G?!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eumir

    please insert your bible in your anus....

    September 8, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. MeanBoxer

    Maybe they were arguing over who got to wear the dog collar next...

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. curios (not curious)

    @Jonathan...you obviously didn't understand my posts, or you wouldn't have posted what you did.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. my forecast

    I think it's time to look for a new line of work. Every day is going to be a rainy day on the tube....

    September 8, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. curios (not curious)

    Just because Jesus loves you does not mean that he loves what you've been doing to each other all night long in a bloody hot tub replete with dog collar and death. Get it?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • RAM05

      Give Jesus a rest, will ya? I'd follow Buddha before I followed the christian version of Jesus any day. Your version of Jesus is too full of contradictions to take seriously.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hrm

    @Steph AK is Alaska. AR is Arkansas. And I agree with you.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Beefburger

    What's wrong with a little blow and booze enhanced ho.moer.ogenous asphyxiation between friends?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • George A

      Haha my thoughts exactly

      September 8, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason S

    Sounds like a made for TV special to me.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
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