Brett Cummins Says 'No Foul Play' in Bathtub Death

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011 8:15 pm  

Brett Cummins, in this photo from his bio page on KARK's website.

KARK-TV, Channel 4, meteorologist Brett Cummins said in a statement late Thursday that he is "devastated" by the death of Dexter Williams and that "no foul play was involved."

Cummins, 33, released a statement to CNN through his attorney, Mark Hampton of Little Rock, three days after he was first interviewed by authorities in the death of his 24-year-old friend at a Maumelle home following a Labor Day party.

"It's a rough time," Cummins told The Associated Press on Thursday evening before referring all further comment to his attorney.

"Mr. Cummins deeply regrets the grief this incident has caused those who know him, especially his co-workers and family members," Cummins' statement said.

Williams' family also released a statement Thursday, saying they were "disturbed by the circumstances" of Williams' death. KARK posted both statements on its website.

(More: See the full statements at the end of this story below.)

"Dex had a very loving but trusting heart. Anyone who knew him would agree that he was easily influenced," the statement said.

The CNN report noted that as of Thursday, no arrests had been made but an investigation continued.

"We don't have a crime -- yet," Maumelle Police Lt. Jim Hansard told CNN. "That's part of the investigation."

On Wednesday, authorities said they had interviewed Cummins multiple times as part of the investigation. They have also spoken to Christopher Barbour, 36, who owns the home where Williams' body was found.

Police also said Wednesday that they had received preliminary results of Williams' autopsy, but declined to release those findings, citing the ongoing investigation.

In his statement, Cummins said he "continues to cooperate fully with authorities investigating" Williams' death. He said he would make no further public statements for now.



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