Paul Dexter Williams died from asphyxiation police said

The Democrat-Gazette reported this morning:

Man in Maumelle tub asphyxiated, police say

By Sean Beherec

LITTLE ROCK — The state Crime Laboratory determined a 24-year-old man found dead in a bathtub with a Little Rock meteorologist in a Maumelle home died from asphyxiation, police said Thursday.

The manner of death of Paul Dexter Williams of Mountain Pine was officially listed as undetermined after an autopsy by Associate Medical Examiner Frank Peretti. There were also “significant findings of acute combined methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication,” according to a statement released by Maumelle police Thursday.

On the morning of Sept. 5, Maumelle officers were called to the home of ChristopherBarbour at 16 Village Way.

Barbour, 36, told police that he had invited Little Rock meteorologist Brett Cummins, 33, to his house the previous night and Cummins arrived with Williams around 8 p.m., a police report said.

The men began to drink and use illegal narcotics, Barbour told police. He said he wasn’t sure what the drugs were, but said “they were snorting them.”

Barbour said that around 10 p.m., Cummins and Williams entered the tub and Barbour later joined them. Barbour said he left the other two men around 11 p.m. and went to sleep on the couch inthe living room.

The next morning, Barbour found the men in the tub, which had no water in it. Barbour woke Cummins and the men realized Williams was not conscious and his face was a “different color.”

Cummins, a meteorologist on KARK-TV, Channel 4, at the time of the death, resigned from the station Sept. 9.

The Police Department will turn the case over to the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney’s office, which will determine whether charges will be filed. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the case file had not been received.

This article was published today at 4:04 a.m.Arkansas, Pages 10 on 09/23/2011

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