Arkansas Weatherman Who Awoke With Dead Body Resigns

Sep 13, 2011 11:28am
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Brett Cummins. Photo Credit: KARK Arkansas

The Arkansas weatherman who woke up in a bathtub with a dead body has resigned from his job.

“Brett Cummins’ tenure at Channel 4 has ended,” his station KARK posted on its website. “As of Friday afternoon, Brett no longer works at KARK.”  The short post didn’t say whether he quit or was fired.

Cummins’ friend Dexter Williams, 24, was found dead wearing only a dog collar after an evening of alcohol and drugs, according to a police report.

On Thursday, Cummins’ attorney Mark Hampton released a statement saying that Cummins was “devastated by the tragic death of his friend” and that he “continues to cooperate fully with authorities.”

Cummins, 33, was a meteorologist for KARK, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. Over Labor Day weekend, Cummins’ friend Christopher Barbour, 36, invited Cummins to his house in Maumelle. Cummins brought his friend Williams to the party.

According to a police report Barbour said the trio “began to drink and use illegal narcotics.”

When Barbour woke up at 8 a.m. the following day, he found his bed still made and the two men in a bathtub with no water in it. Barbour began to clean up glassware from the previous night and woke Cummins up.

They quickly realized that Williams was unconscious and looked discolored. “Brett screamed and became ill and left the bathroom and vomited on the carpet in the living room,” Roussie wrote in the police report. Cummins left the house but eventually came back to give police a statement.

Officer Roussie entered the bathroom and saw a naked, white male in the bathtub.

“The subject was lying on his right side in a fetal position, his face was blue and purple in color with a chain around his neck,” Roussie wrote. He also wrote that he believed the chain was a dog collar and that he “observed a small ring of blood around the bottom of the tub.”

Williams’ family said in a statement that they are “disturbed by the circumstances surrounding the death” and imply that their son may have fallen into bad company.

“Dex had a very loving but trusting heart,” the Williams family said in a statement. “Anyone who knew him would agree that he was easily influenced.”

The Maumelle Police Department is investigating the incident as a “sudden death” and awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report. No charges have been filed and no one is in police custody.

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