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Weatherman Found In Hot Tub With Dead Man Wearing Dog Collar


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ~ (KTLA/ FoxNews.com) ~ A local weatherman is being questioned by police after he was found asleep in a hot tub next to a naked dead man, who police say was wearing a dog collar chain.

Maumelle Police spokesman Lieutenant Jim Hansard told Fox News that foul play had not been ruled out as the cause of death for the man, identified as Dexter Williams. Investigators report that it all began on the Monday night of September 5th, when KARK 4 meteorologist 33-year-old Brett Cummins went to the home of John Barbour for a party. Williams was already at the house, Cummins told investigators, and they had never met before. The three men then began to drink and snort illegal drugs.

Two hours later, Cummins and Williams went into the master bathroom jacuzzi, to have a drink, and later Barbour joined then. Barbour told investigators that he left a short time later and fell asleep on the couch. The next morning, around 8:00am, Barbour said he began cleaning up and heard Cummins snoring while still in the hot tub. He claims he tried to wake the two men and soon realized Williams was dead. The body was found in a fetal position, face discolored blue with a dog's collar-style chain around his neck. There was also a small ring of blood found in the bottom of the hot tub, detectives said.

When Cummins woke up and saw William's discolored face, he reportedly screamed, bolted from the bathroom and vomited on the living room carpet. KARK-TV, in Little Rock where Cummins works as a weatherman, posted the following statement on its website on September 6th; "Our meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers. 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." Police spokesman Lt. Jim Hansard said police are still awaiting the results of autopsy and toxicology reports conducted on Williams; no charges have been filed, but police suspect drugs and alcohol were involved and maintain, "this is an open investigation," according to Hansard.

Photo credit: KARK 4 News

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