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A federal appellate court turned down Thomas Pitera’s motion for DNA testing that he believed would prove his innocence in three murders

A federal appellate court has chopped down a motion by  Bonanno  Mob killer  Tommy Karate to compel DNA testing in connection to three cold-blooded killings.

Thomas Pitera claimed DNA testing would exonerate him of those murders for which he is serving three consecutive life sentences.

But Judge Roger Miner ruled the proposed testing “would not raise a reasonable probability” that Pitera did not commit the murders.

Pitera was a brutal killer for the Bonanno mob who dismembered his victims and buried them in a bird sanctuary on Staten Island. He was convicted in 1992.

 read more By Robert Gearty/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS