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Parents of Man Found Dead in Bathtub Sue Former KARK Meteorologist Brett Cummins

The parents of Dexter Williams, the 24-year old man who was found dead in a bathtub next to former KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins (pictured) last year, have filed a lawsuit claiming Cummins and two other men failed to prevent their son’s death.

Cummins was with Williams the night of his death in September 2011. The pair were at a house in Little Rock on the night of Williams’ death, reportedly drinking and using illegal drugs. Cummins woke up in the bathtub with Williams dead next to him the following morning.

Prosecutors have said they will not file charges in Williams’ death, which was ruled by the state crime lab to have been caused by asphyxia. Williams’ parents, however, are pursuing a lawsuit, the Associated Press reports: Read more

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No Criminal Charges Filed in Bathtub Death Involving Former KARK Meteorologist

No criminal charges will be filed in the death of the young man whose body was found in an empty bathtub with former KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins.

After reviewing the case, which occurred in September, the local prosecuting attorney recently concluded that “no criminal charges are appropriate based on the evidence presented.”

24-year-old Dexter Williams was found dead, with a chain dog collar around his neck, after a night of partying with Cummins over the Labor Day weekend.  The former KARK meteorologist woke up next to Williams’s lifeless body in an empty bathtub and, after initial moments of panic, cooperated with police in their investigation. Read more

KARK Names Replacement for Brett Cummins

After an extensive search, KARK has named a replacement for Brett Cummins: former KIAH weathercaster Keith Monahan will be chief meteorologist at the Little Rock NBC-affiliate.

Cummins resigned from KARK after waking up in a bathtub next to the dead body of Dexter Williams. Williams was determined to have died of asphyxia and drug intoxication.

Monahan left KIAH in March after 11 years with the Houston CW-affiliate. “From all I’ve heard and seen, Little Rock’s a great city and the weather will be challenging — just like I like it,” Monahan told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Monahan, a veteran meteorologist, has also worked at KDLT in Sioux Falls, WOOD in Grand Rapids and KGWN in Cheyenne. He starts at KARK on Monday.

Cause of Death Determined in Case Involving Former KARK Meteorologist

A medical examiner in Little Rock has concluded that Dexter Williams, the 24-year-old who was found dead in a bathtub with former KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, died from asphyxia and drug intoxication.

Williams was found in an empty bathtub wearing a chain dog collar around his neck, following a night allegedly spent drinking and snorting illegal drugs with Cummins.  The medical examiner found no evidence of strangulation.  The drug intoxication is listed as a mix of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Although the examiner has recorded a cause of death, the manner of death remains undetermined.  The local police department is turning the case over to the county prosecutors office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed. Read more

KARK Now Searching for Meteorologist to Replace Brett Cummins

“We are in the process of interviewing meteorologists for our open position,” KARK news director Rob Heverling told TVSpy today via email, talking about the vacancy left by Brett Cummins, who resigned from his chief meteorologist post last week after he was found asleep in a bathtub with a dead body.

While the station searches for Cummins’s replacement, weekend meteorologist Greg Dee is working weekday mornings and Darby Bybee, who joined the station last month from Lincoln’s KLKN, has taken over Cummins’s former spot on KARK’s nightly newscasts.

The Little Rock NBC-affiliate currently has a job posting up on its website. Read more

Brett Cummins Resigns From KARK Following Bathtub Death of Friend

Brett Cummins, who was found asleep next to the body of a dead man wearing a dog collar last Monday, has resigned as meteorologist at Little Rock’s KARK.

Cummins announced his resignation through an attorney on Friday and KARK reported the news during its 10 p.m. newscast, with anchor Melissa Simas stating, “Brett Cummins’ tenure at Channel 4 has ended.”

Little Rock CBS-affiliate KTHV also covered the resignation during its 10 p.m. newscast Friday, as part of its ongoing coverage of the death of Cummins’s friend, 24-year-old Dexter Williams.

The police are still investigating what caused the death, although no criminal charges have been filed.  KARK’s full statement on Cummins’s resignation inside… Read more

KARK’s Brett Cummins on Bathtub Death of Friend: ‘It’s a Rough Time’

KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, who was found asleep in an empty bathtub next to the dead body of a 24-year-old, told The Associated Press on Thursday night that he’s going through “a rough time.”

Cummins declined to comment any further but his attorney released a statement saying that he “deeply regrets the grief this incident has caused those who know him, especially his co-workers and family members.”

Cummins’s attorney also insisted that no foul play was involved in the death of Dexter Williams, who was found wearing a chain dog collar around his neck after he reportedly spent a night drinking and snorting illegal narcotics with Cummins.

The veteran weathercaster’s full statement is inside… Read more

Family Says Kid Found Dead with KARK Meteorologist Was ‘Easily Influenced’

The family of the the 24-year-old man who was found dead in an empty bathtub alongside KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins released a statement on Wednesday saying that he was “easily influenced.”

Dexter Williams reportedly snorted illegal narcotics with Cummins before he was found dead, with a chain dog collar around his neck, in the bathtub where he and the weathercaster had spent the night.

Police are telling Little Rock news stations that they’ve received preliminary autopsy results in the death, but so far they have declined to release those findings. Read more

Rival Stations Cover KARK Meteorologist’s Role in Bathtub Death of 24-Year-Old

On Tuesday evening, every news station in Little Rock covered the untimely death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in a bathtub alongside KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins.

While KARK, an NBC-affiliate, disclosed on-air that its longtime weathercaster was connected to the death, rival stations provided more in-depth coverage of the incident, even though not all of them mentioned Cummins by name. Read more

KARK Reports on Meteorologist’s Connection to Dead Body Found in Bathtub

During its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday night, Little Rock NBC-affiliate KARK announced that meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with the station since 2001, was connected to the death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in a bathtub wearing a dog collar.

“Our meteorlogist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers,” KARK anchor Bob Clausen said during each newscast.  “No criminal charges have been filed in this case.  Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend.” Read more

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