Statement from KARK does not mention drug use of Brett Cummins

Brett Cummins was snorting coke but you could never tell it from this statement from KARK:

KARK-TV anchor Bob Clausen said on the air today, “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.”

Here are two more posts on this subject: Picture of Dexter Williams with link to full police report , and  KARK Brett Cummins was “snorting…illegal narcotics…” according to friend . (There is hope. Check out the video interviews of Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of the rock band Kansas.  Also check out an excellent paper by Marvin McMickle on the meaning of the song “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones and where to find the satisfaction.)

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How long will KARK ignore the coke use?

Below is an article on the event from Arkansas News Bureau:

UPDATE Man found dead in bathtub with Little Rock TV weatherman

Posted on 06 September 2011
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By Bill Lawson
Arkansas News Bureau

MAUMELLE — Police are investigating the death of a Mountain Pine man found with a dog collar around his neck in the bathtub of a local residence with a sleeping television weatherman.

As of Tuesday afternoon no charges had been filed in the death of 24-year-old Dexter Paul Williams, whose body was found early on Labor Day.

Brett Cummins

The owner of the residence, John Barbour, told police he was awakened about 8 a.m. Monday by loud snoring and went to a bedroom and then to an adjacent bathroom, where he found Williams’ body in an empty bathtub alongside a sleeping Brett Cummins, 33, a meteorologist at Little Rock television station KARK.

Barbour told authorities he had invited Cummins, whom he described as his best friend, to his home Sunday night and that Cummins brought Williams with him. They arrived at about 8 p.m., and the three of them “began to drink and use illegal narcotics,” according to Barbour’s statement. Authorities were not sure what drugs were consumed.

Barbour told police that about 10 p.m., he and his two guests got into the hot tub, where they all “continued to drink.” He said he left Cummins and Williams in the tub about an hour later and fell asleep on a couch.

Barbour told police that the next morning, he found Williams lying with his head behind Cummins’ left shoulder. The police report said Williams had a chain collar — described as a dog collar — around his neck.

“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.”

Barbour also told police he and Cummins “cleaned the vomit” prior to the arrival of police.

Cummins was not at the home when police arrived, but returned a short time later and gave a statement, police said.

In his report, Maumelle police officer Greg Roussie wrote that he arrived on the scene first at 8:10 a.m. and the homeowner escorted him to the bathroom, where he said he saw a “naked white male lying on the floor of the tub.” There was no water in the tub, Roussie said, and “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. The chain was silver in color and consistent with what I believed to be a dog collar.”

Roussie said he checked Williams for vital signs but found none and that he was “cold to the touch.”

Roussie wrote that he also observed a small ring of blood around the bottom of the tub.
The body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

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