Police on Tuesday said that they were still investigating the case of a sudden death of an Arkansas man whose naked body was discovered in a bathtub with a sleeping TV weatherman, Brett Cummins.
No charges were filed as of Tuesday afternoon in the death of Williams and police said that they were not treating this case as a criminal investigation. In Cummins' case, police have discovered themes of sex and drugs in connection with the death of Williams.
The owner of the residence, John Barbour, found the body of 24-year-old Dexter Paul Williams on Monday morning at the bottom of an empty tub with a chain resembling a dog collar around his neck, according to a Maumelle Police report.
Authorities discovered the body of Williams on Monday around 8.00 a.m. in an empty whirlpool bathtub after they were called to 16 Village Way Drive.
Barbour, during the investigation, told the police that he was awakened around 8 a.m. on Monday by loud snoring and went to a bedroom and then to an adjacent bathroom, where he found the body of Williams in a bathtub alongside a sleeping Cummins. Cummins is my best friend and I invited him on Sunday night but Cummins also brought Williams with him,” Barbour later told police.
According to Barbour’s statement both Cummins and Williams arrived at about 8 p.m., and the three of them “began to drink and use illegal narcotics.”
Barbour said that about 10 p.m., all the three people got into the bathtub, where they “continued to drink.” He said about an hour later he left both of them in the tub and fell asleep on a couch.
The next morning, around 8.00 a.m., Barbour found Williams lying in the tub with his head behind Cummins’ left shoulder.
“After Brett awoke they discovered that Dexter was not conscious and his face was a different color,” the police report said. “He then explained that Brett screamed and became ill and left the bathroom and vomited on the carpet in the living room.”
Cummins left the home before police arrived, but returned later and gave a statement, police said.
KARK-TV anchor Bob Clausen said on the air on Wednesday, “Our meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with you our viewers. Brett will not be on the air while he is mourning the loss of his friend. Our thoughts naturally are with Brett and of course with the family and friends of Dexter Williams.”
However, Cummins is not the first TV meteorologist to get in serious criminal trouble.
Last year, Heidi Jones, a winsome weather-woman on WABC station in New York was arrested after filing a false attempted sexual assault with the police. At first she claimed that a Hispanic male had attacked her while she was jogging in Central Park. She later recanted her story and was fired by the station.